known Phil Mellows for 30
years. He's an experienced journalist whose fine touch and editing
skills have won him the praise and respect of his fellow professionals. His
nose for what makes news and what is relevant, his intolerance of jargon and prejudice, and
his respect for clarity and sharp
presentation are precious qualities in an age when people
are increasingly overwhelmed by information overload, much of it toxic
and unreliable. Mellows understands better than most that informed
journalism, laced with style, humanity and solidarity in equal measure, is
what makes information credible and trustworthy.''
Aidan White, general secretary
International Federation of Journalists
has been a valuable contributor to The Publican for well over a
decade and is a really vital resource for us because of his encyclopaedic
knowledge of all things pub. His copy is sharp, witty and always in
on time and his flair for quirky feature ideas ensures we
entertain our readers as well as informing them."
Editor of The Publican
''Phil Mellows is a recognised
journalist and authority on the licensed retail sector in Britain.
He has written extensively about the macro and micro changes that
have impacted upon the sector over the last couple of decades. I
have known Phil and his work for more than ten years and have always
been impressed by the quality of his work. I am currently working
with him on a project which aims to expose some of the hidden
political agendas behind the current moral panic associated with
binge drinking and the liberalisation of licensing laws.''
Professor Conrad Lashley, Director
of the Centre for Leisure Retailing, Nottingham Trent
"I've known and
respected Phil for many years, an unassuming, perceptive and
observant journalist with a sharp eye for detail and a light,
entertaining writing style. Not much passes him by and his
analysis is crisp, shrewd and often revelatory, but it's no
hardship to read his work; quite the reverse, in fact. He's a
rattling good read as well!"
Humphreys, honorary secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group
The British Beer Club in the European Parliament
''Phil has a
great way with words, not to mention wit – I think he was born to
be a features writer! His sparkling copy has certainly livened up my
pages and he hits deadlines bang on time. What more could an editor
Perella, editor LAWR
met Phil several years ago when he was a journalist on The Publican.
I was impressed by his grasp of ‘people matters’ and his innate
ability to get to the bottom of the issue. He is an experienced and
talented writer who is skilled in communicating the essence of a
subject in a manner that's relevant and accessible to the audience.
I was, perhaps, surprised to learn that his knowledge extends far
beyond the word of pubs and this flexibility makes him a definite
asset to anyone he works with.''
Jane Sunley, managing director LearnPurple
Phil Mellows is a first-class journalist. His experience and
knowledge of the drinks industry makes him, without doubt, an
expert in his field, and his articles reflect this.
Where other journalists often labour the point, Phil is able to
succinctly sum up all the relevant points in a clear and concise
manner. He is respected by PRs like myself for his straightforward
approach and his style of writing.
writes about the drinks industry, people listen. His name and his
writing is synonymous with the best in this sector and in the 20
years that I have known Phil, first working alon side him as a
journalist and now as a PR, he has remained the best.''
Gershon, Eddie Gershon Media Relations
he's a top shag too!"
a grounding in local newspapers I've written about the pub and brewing
industries since 1984. Mainly working for trade titles, the Morning
Advertiser and The
and more recently the Brewery Manual, I have reported and commentated
on the massive changes the sector has gone through – and the
uncertainties and challenges that continue to this day.
turning freelance in 2008 I have become mildly obsessed with alcohol
has taken me into a variety of disciplines including politics,
anthropology, sociology, medicine and statistics, and my
work has taken an increasingly historical turn. I am a member of
the Drinking Studies Network, which comprises some 300 academics
internationally working in the field. I currently share the post of
social media officer in the organisation. I
have spoken at academic events on such subjects as the Carlisle
Experiment, the 1989 Beer Orders and the rise of micropubs and brewery
journalism still appears regularly in the Morning
Advertiser, the Brewery
Retailing News and BII News. I have
been a regular judge for The Publican Awards since 1998 and more
recently for the Great British Pub Awards. I am a member of the
British Guild of Beer Writers and the National Union of Journalists.
In the past I've also worked in contract publishing, editing the
Brewers News, pioneering an intranet news service back in the
mid-1990s and launching a trilingual magazine for Bass Beers
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