Public Relations


David Howes qualified as a journalist through the National Council for the Training of Journalists four-year apprenticeship scheme. He attended Darlington College of Technology in 1969-70, gaining the NCTJ Certificate with distinction, before joining his hometown evening newspaper, The Hull Daily Mail, for the remaining three years of qualification.

He served four years with the Hull Daily Mail, both as a news desk reporter and main feature writer, before being appointed in October 1974 as the first-ever Public Relations Officer for The Rugby Football League, governing body of the 13-a-side code.

As the role expanded to include sponsorship, event management and public speaking, the job role was expanded to Public Affairs Executive, and eventually Deputy Chief Executive.

During a senior executive career at club level with St. Helens RLFC and Leeds Rugby Ltd, Howes continued as the media chief of both organisations.

Since the formation of Howes Etc, public relations skills have been interwoven into the player management, sponsorship and event management activities.



Rugby League in Focus by Andrew Varley

David Howes has acted as co-editor of a landmark publication to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rugby League photography by award-winning Andrew Varley... Read more

Made for Rugby Barrie McDermott

Publishing giants Pan Macmillan appointed Howes Etc to handle the publicity campaign for the autobiography of Barrie McDermott, the Great Britain and Leeds Rhinos prop forward... Read more

Howes Hosts Real Radio Phone In

For the fifth consecutive season, David Howes was engaged by Real Radio to act as specialist pundit on Real Radio Yorkshire’s twice-weekly Rugby League phone-in, Touchline... Read more

Ticketsolve Consultancy

In 2010, Howes Etc was appointed as sports consultant for Ticketsolve, the Dublin-based venue ticket solutions company. The recently formed Irish company are seeking to expand their customer base and Howes Etc are seeking to introduce... Read more

Frontline Bathroom Consultancy

Howes Etc was appointed as special Rugby League consultants by Frontline Bathrooms on their entry into The RFL sponsorship portfolio in 2007, highlighted by the launch of the Frontline Fair Play Index and a one-off sponsorship of... Read more

Lee Crooks Autobiography

Howes Etc has co-ordinated the publication of Lee Crooks autobiography entitled From Hull to Hell and Back. The 350-page hardback was published early in August 2011 and billed as one of the most candid life stories in Rugby League’s ever-growing library... Read more

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