Shimon Cohen (businessman)

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Shimon Cohen is the Founder and Chairman of the PR Office, started in 2004.


Shimon Cohen was born in Wales and educated in Cardiff and Manchester. At the age of 23 in 1983, Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits appointed him as his private secretary.[1]


After eight years of working for Lord Jakobovits,[2] Cohen was offered a job by Lord Tim Bell. Starting in 1990, he worked at Bell Pottinger for 14 years where he wrote speeches for Nelson Mandela and had clients such as Andrew Lloyd Webber.[3] In 1996, Cohen took a year out to run Andrew Lloyd Webber’s private office at the Really Useful Group.[2]

By the year 2000, he was the CEO of Bell Pottinger Public Relations. He established a London based public relations consultancy called the PR Office in 2004 and is the Founder and Chairman of the company.[4][5] They specialize in corporate and professional services as well as the non-profit sector. He is also the Campaign Director of Shechita UK.[6][7]

Directorships and memberships

Mr. Cohen is a director of the PR Office Ltd and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.[1]

Partial list of publications

  • “PR and strategy must work together” Counsel Magazine (September 2, 2011)
  • “Would we say it in public? Jerusalem Post (July 21, 2010)
  • “Charities will adapt or die” Jewish Chronicle (September 2, 2011)
  • “Don’t take your Friday night chicken soup for granted” Jewish News (July 18, 2014)
  • “Britain is a wonderful home for Jews” Jewish Chronicle (January 5, 2015)
  • “UKIP’s Shechita U-Turn” Jewish News (February 5, 2015)


Pierre Gildesgame Jewish Youth Leader Award [3]


Cohen has three children.[3]