"As a journalist, finding a pro-active PR person who can intelligently and promptly add genuine insight to a story is a godsend. And much rarer than you might think. In my dealings with David Brookbanks he has proven himself an unusually capable contact. Whenever I need the inside track on arts, culture and leisure matters in the North East, he is the first person I call."
Tony Naylor, freelance journalist (The Guardian, Restaurant Magazine, Olive Magazine)
"David played a big role in the marketing and promotion of Rugby World Cup 2015 in the North East.
He was an energetic and committed colleague, and was terrific to work with."
Joanna Manning-Cooper, Director of Marketing and Communications, England Rugby 2015
"I have worked with David on a number of articles in recent years and found him to be extremely professional, passionate and a delight to deal with. Thanks to his knowledge and flexibility I have written about the North East from a cultural and travel / lifestyle perspective and enjoyed great results each time. He is my go-to contact for the region."
Sam Parker, Deputy Digital Editor of Esquire magazine
"I have had the great pleasure of working with David Brookbanks for over five years on tourism related PR and marketing campaigns. David is a consummate professional whose calm manner belies his ability to get things done with gusto and genuine enthusiasm. His attention to detail is staggering and he somehow manages to plan for every eventuality.
"David is a strategic thinker who brings great insight and depth of understanding to every campaign and I look forward to many more fruitful years working with David."
Rachel Sherry, Director at Grayling; Sherry Communications
"David's energy and enthusiasm for the creative promotion of arts and culture is infectious. I very much enjoyed working with him during our time in Newcastle and always felt supported as we profiled our annual season in the city."
Jane Ellis, Communications Manager, Royal Shakespeare Company
"I visited Newcastle on short notice. I needed strong story leads on a quick turnaround, back-up with images and contact details after travel, and a quick responder on email to answer any follow-ups before my deadline. David provided all of that, with a smile! I have no hesitations recommending him."
Pól Ó Conghaile, award-winning travel writer (National Geographic Traveller, The Irish Independent, Cara Magazine)
"I have worked with David Brookbanks many times at the Theatre Royal and NewcastleGateshead Initiative and it has always been a pleasure. With David, professionalism invariably comes with a smile. I have seen him gain impressive newspaper photo coverage for a theatre show when no cast members or costumes were present and, for NGI's EAT! festival, preside over an acre of elaborate building-shaped cakes in a melting sun. Nothing fazes him as far as I can tell."
David Whetstone, Culture Editor, The Journal
“To be honest, before David got in contact with us we had very little concept of Newcastle/Gateshead as a destination for anything beyond hen and stag weekends. He did the very hard and interesting job of selling both me and RTE the idea of a cultural and foodie destination, which I have hugely enjoyed both doing the radio show from, and in a personal capacity just travelling to spend time going to exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead and beyond.”
Rick O’Shea, radio presenter, RTE, Ireland