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David Sheppard

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David Sheppard is non-executive chairman of RealWire, formerly Webitpr, an online national and international business and technology news distribution company.

David has over 30 years management, marketing and communications experience, mostly at board level. He founded David Sheppard & Associates (DS&A) as a marketing and communications consultancy in Newcastle in 1980, opening a London Office in 1987. Over the course of his career David has worked in a wide and diverse range of industries in the UK and US including, telecoms, gas, consumer, chemicals, banking, and aircraft engineering, winning a number of PRCA, BAIE and other awards for his work.

Apart from running his own firm, David was MD of Telecom Trends International from 1990 until 2001 and publisher of Cable & Telecommunications Engineering (later Broadband) – a quarterly technical magazine – from 1993 until he sold it in 2003. In 2000 with former Vaux Breweries MD Frank Nicholson he set up make-believer, developers of the Click&Do range of software based craft games. They sold the company in 2005 to Tyneside online learning company, The Amazing Group.