Philippa Budgen

It can be daunting talking to journalists. Telling them about the causes and people that matter to you. Trying to convince others why they should care as much as you do. If you want to have an impact and make a difference, your public voice is so important for effectiveness and influence.

As a former BBC journalist I have deep knowledge of the press landscape and the criminal justice system. Through my network of media contacts in respected publications and broadcast media I help organisations to create a clear message and get their voices heard. I offer everything from media strategy to interview training and hands-on, continuing communications support.

My consultancy briefs range from court innovation; access to justice; forced marriage legislation; teenagers and the law. I work with lawyers, think tanks, charities and campaign groups. I particularly enjoy supporting organisations which are new – and sometimes wary – of press exposure.

How do I work? I take time to get under the skin of every organisation in order to build understanding and trust. To every project and client I bring integrity, straight-talking and an absolute commitment to communicate complex ideas effectively.

Philippa mastered her brief … to full effect. This successful campaign (legal aid access to justice) wouldn’t have made the mainstream media without her help and guidance.

Jonathan Black, past President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, partner BSB Solicitors

Philippa’s unique combination of journalistic know-how and mentoring has been invaluable in raising the Centre’s profile and our capability.

Phil Bowen, Director of Centre for Justice Innovationquote-close

How I can help:

Typically I offer:

  • Media strategy advice. So you know you need to raise your organisation’s profile? Here’s how you can do it. This blueprint establishes your overall media goal; what parts of your project or campaign are likely to work in the press, what won’t.
  • Media training. You have a couple of spokespeople who need to brush up on their interview skills prior to a launch.
  • Messaging workshops. Jargon-busting facilitated practice at making your message clear and effective for a wider audience.
  • On-going support: preparing a campaign, report or new project to be fit for the media- from idea through to press launch.
  • Broadcast content for websites.


  • It’s all bespoke. I tailor my support according to your needs. So if you think I can help but I haven’t mentioned your specific requirement, let’s talk.

About me:

I provide a bridge over a cultural gap – between the criminal justice sector and the journalistic world. Journalists are demanding. They want a story. They want a headline, they need a case study. And they want it NOW!

Those working in the criminal justice world don’t view their cause as a ‘story’, nor do they regard the people they support as ‘case studies’. Yet the two worlds can and must meet for an organisation to achieve a strong authentic voice and to influence opinion and policy. As an independent media consultant I guide criminal justice organisations through the media maze and help bridge the gap.

How am I qualified?

  • BBC reporter for more than 15 years. Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, You and Yours and documentaries. The World Service and Radio 5 Live.
I know from the inside how stories and journalists work. Much of my journalism covered prisons – both in the UK and abroad; families of people in prison; restorative justice and domestic violence programmes.
  • MA (Distinction) in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. My dissertation researched the role of the victim in youth referral orders.
  • Prison visitor for more than ten years in a women’s jail.
  • Media training. Throughout my journalistic career I have media trained spokespeople from a variety of disciplines: legal and justice professionals; dentists, social scientists and academics.

The best way to find out how I can help… get in touch.

New Blog

This is my new blog. Come back soon as there will be many more posts to come…

Still standing for justice, thank you!

March 9th, 2018|accesstojustice, Run for Justice, Uncategorized|

Two knights, a unicorn and a TV chef...... The perfect ingredients for the Big Half last weekend. Up until lunchtime the day before it was touch and go whether London’s new half marathon would be snowed off or not. Thankfully the race went ahead. So what’s with this knight business? Just as the miles began to hurt, Sir Number One streaks past in the opposite direction. Yes, Sir Mo Farah was ahead of me - only by an hour! A few miles on and I’m flanked by a sea of t-shirts, ‘Bowel cancer’s tough. I’m tougher, ‘ ‘Mum, I’m doing this for you’ and of course the obligatory unicorn. As [...]

Going the extra mile for justice

January 31st, 2018|accesstojustice, Run for Justice|

Up to my ankles in mud….going the extra mile for justice ‘How’s the training going?’ Lots of people kindly ask. Well, the trainers speak for themselves….mud, mud and more mud. The last few weeks have been one big mudbath. I guess the dates on the calendar should have served as a warning. Two cross-country runs in the hills in winter. It was never going to be a doddle. It’s worth it. Days before the trail run, I met up with the charity LLST - who I’m raising money for - to hear more about the people who receive vital legal support when they’re in crisis. Some of the advice centres [...]

Run for Justice: Housing matters

January 10th, 2018|Run for Justice, Uncategorized|

Run for Justice: Housing matters New Years Resolutions?… Hmm. I’ve never been one for turning over a new leaf come the New Year. Dry January? Not so much. Perhaps a little perversely I challenged myself to dry end of November/first half of December. Not so catchy I know. Did it work? It did, thanks. As for the New Year, new gym membership thing, my training for London’s new Big Half marathon in March continues through winter’s snow, rain and hail. Today myself and two friends - including barrister friend Navita who got me into this challenge- were rewarded with sun. But the real reward is knowing that a small amount [...]

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