PR: Obituary

Pagoda chairman Ian Coldwell dies, aged 60

Ian Coldwell, chairman of Pagoda PR, has died at the age of 60 after a long battle with illness.

A keen sailor, Mr Coldwell had been at the helm of Pagoda PR for almost 20 years and was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR), making a significant contribution to the industry on issues such as ethics and standards. 

Known for his rigorous approach and strong intellect, he was a respected figure throughout the PR and public affairs industry and by the many people who had the privilege to work with him over his long career.

Angela Casey, MD of Edinburgh-based Pagoda, said: “We are completely heartbroken to lose such a respected and loved colleague.  Working with Ian was a joy: he always took time to encourage all colleagues with guidance and advice, while bringing sage counsel to the many organisations he worked with. 

“The loss goes far beyond our team and many people will miss Ian and will remember him fondly.  He worked tirelessly, even when seriously ill and against everyone’s advice, but he loved his work, and he did it well.”

Mr Coldwell was a former PR and community manager for Centrica after working at Edinburgh City Council for five years, and before that at Ealing Council. 

He bought PS Communications in 2000 with Sir Michael Hirst and it was later rebranded as Pagoda. Ian leaves his widow, Jackie Brock, and two adult children, Tara and Corin.

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