I’m the founder director of Dean Powell Public Relations Consultancy.
Over the years I have worn many working “hats” including as a newspaper editor, journalist, author, guest speaker and broadcaster.
For almost 20 years I worked in the media, becoming the UK’s youngest newspaper editor before joining BBC Radio Wales. A few years later I decided to launch my own PR company, offering services to a wide range of businesses and individuals across the country.
My love for writing and history resulted in publishing 14 history books, including two biographies and I lecture on those subjects regularly in venues around Wales. I’m also leading a team which has raised £1.4million to transform a medieval Guildhall into a heritage and visitors’ centre.
As a soloist and master of ceremonies I’ve toured the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia which included two performances at the Sydney Opera House.
I joined a star-studded line up at the Royal Variety Show where I was presented to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I also recorded on albums released by EMI and have given solo performances before Dame Shirley Bassey and Prince Albert of Monaco.
I’ve been fortunate that by passions have given me unforgettable experiences that I can also call “my job”. My advice would be to follow your passions too, take risks, be determined and imaginative as entrepreneurs and see what path it can lead you to.
I’ve been inspired by the amount of successful entrepreneurs that already exist in Wales and how we have the ability, creativity and inspiration to become more of an entrepreneurial nation.
I guess on paper it can seem like the perfect job, but like every other job, mine has had its highs and lows. Clearly being your own boss is a huge benefit, but it comes with a lot of responsibility too. This is not a standard 9-5 office job, I’m always thinking of ways to develop my business and I take risks which don’t always work out. You just have to be determined to succeed, flexible in your ideas and make an awful lot of lists….!
My top tips are to think how your passions can make you a living, take advice and support from other entrepreneurs who can guide you. Then take the leap. Don’t forget, none of us want to grow old saying “I wish I’d done this….” Just do it!