Marcus Grodentz did his formal journalistic training on the Watford Observer and went to the journalism school at Harlow College – the same one attended by Piers Morgan.
He worked for London News Service at the same time as Anne Robinson and her then husband-to-be John Penrose.
He was Chief Reporter on the Lea Valley Mercury in Hertfordshire.
He freelanced for two years alongside biographer, journalist and broadcaster, Michael Freedland.
Specialising in local government he moved into a career in local government public relations.
His first job was as press officer and then communications and marketing officer for the London Borough of Haringey. He was there at the time of the Broadwater Farm riots and the killing of PC Blakelock. It was also the time of the winter of discontent. During his tenure he also witnessed the burning down of a large section of Alexandra Palace – the birthplace of television and owned by the council. Notable politicians on the council were the late Bernie Grant and the now leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.
He then went to the London Borough of Wandsworth going from what the media loved to call the ‘loony left’ to Margaret Thatcher’s ‘flagship’ Tory local council.
Then followed a spell in leafy Surrey working as Head of Communications for Reigate and Banstead Council.
As Marketing and Communications Manager at Gloucester City Council he was a key member of the emergency planning team during the floods of 2007 which saw around 1,000 properties affected.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and specialises in media management, internal and external communications, brand and reputation management, coaching and mentoring.
He lives with his partner Maggie in South Wales and now runs his own Life Coaching business.
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