Phil Hall

Chairman of The PHA Group

Phil was editor of Britain’s biggest selling newspaper, the News of the World, for five years before taking up the reins as editor-in-chief of the world’s most well known celebrity magazine, Hello! alongside the position of editorial director of development for Trinity Mirror, Europe’s largest newspaper publishing group. He is now CEO of The PHA Group, a company which he founded in 2004 with a team of just four members of staff and just a handful of clients in a small office in Carnaby Street. The agency has increased its staff base twenty-fold to sixty, taken on two floors in a premises in Wardour Street, won numerous industry awards, and has been named the fastest growing and most dynamic agency around in PR Week’s Top 150 list. As the Chairman of PHA Media, Phil specialises in reputation management and when called for, crisis management; advising high profile businesses and personalities on how to best engage with the media, including increasingly the online community. He is well known for his success in both protecting and enhancing reputations and has firsthand experience of doing so. Phil is extremely involved in every aspect of the world of media and regularly concludes the working day by attending networking events. As well as his wealth of journalism experience across all sectors of the media, Phil has held influential positions on the Press Complaints Commission - the industries regulator - first as a senior representative of the newspaper industry and then for an unprecedented time, as the representative of the magazine world.