Pagoda PR Chair, Ian Coldwell


It is with great sadness that the team at Pagoda announces the death of Chair, Ian Coldwell.  Ian, who died after a brave battle with a long illness, will be much missed by his colleagues, friends and of course, family.

A keen sailor, Ian 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, Ian was hugely respected 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 Pagoda comments: “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.”

Ian Coldwell, 60, 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 Giselle Dye, later rebrandeding as Pagoda – a business of which he was hugely proud and led for 20 years. Ian leaves behind his wife, Jackie Brock and two grown-up children, Tara and Corin.

Ian’s memorial will be held at Seafield Crematorium at 3.45 pm on Monday 28 October, and afterwards at the Beach House, Portobello.  All welcome – though no flowers, please.


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