Paul Heiney is a well respected, versatile and experienced broadcaster and writer, who over 30 years has appeared on all Britain's major television and radio networks. In recent years, his speciality has been consumer affairs and rural issues.
Paul regularly hosts events, gives informative keynote speeches, and presents corporate productions.
He can currently be seen presenting ITV1's successful primetime series Countrywise, travelling to all parts of rural Britain to meet the people and hear their tales. For seven years he was presenter/reporter on the BBC 1 top-rated consumer show, Watchdog and is well remembered for That's Life in the early 80's which led to a long string of successful shows including In at the Deep End (BBC1), This Sunday (ITV), Food and Drink (BBC2), Lion Country (BBC 1), Crossing Rome (ITV) as well as many series on rural affairs ITV Anglia.
On radio, Paul has presented many programmes including for BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours, Today, Home Truths and On Your Farm.
But Paul has had a rich life outside broadcasting. With over a dozen books to his credit, both fiction and non-fiction, he is a widely read author. He has written on rural, maritime and farming matters, and more recently on popular science.
He has also found time to be a pioneer organic farmer when, in 1990, he decided to master the skills of traditional farming using carthorses, Suffolk Punches, instead of tractors, and farmed 40 acres of Suffolk countryside. This experience inspired not only his hugely successful column, Farmer's Diary, which appeared weekly in The Times for seven years but also a number of books.
In 2005, he fulfilled a longstanding ambition to sail the Atlantic singlehanded in the wake of the solo sailing pioneers, which led to his book 'The Last Man across the Atlantic'. His latest is One Wild Song - a Voyage in a Lost Son's Wake - describing an 18,000-mile voyage to Cape Horn and back.
Paul lives with his wife Libby Purves, in Suffolk.
What the audiences say:
The event went very well and Paul's presentation was well timed and laugh-out-loud amusing.”
“Paul did a great job at the Suffolk environmental awards - everyone thought his speech was spot-on.”
East Anglian Daily Times
“Paul was superb – he really struck a chord with the audience and the board were all really pleased with his speech. He absolutely stuck to the brief but also managed to deliver a speech that was highly entertaining and engaging. He found subject matter from his own experience that ranged from light hearted and amusing to very pertinent commentary on issues currently affecting the sector.”
“Thank you for joining us at the successful launch of the Melton Carnegie Museum. It was a real pleasure to meet you. Your speech was fascinating and had the audience delighting in its amusing content. Thank you also for bringing a lighter side to the proceedings. There has been positive feedback from visitors and the local media and we would be delighted to see you here anytime.”
“Paul was superb, as we knew he would be. He spoke really well and everything had great relevance to our members. They all had a great evening and we have had lots of very positive messages from a group who are quite hard to please!”
National Farmers Union
“Thank you for your interesting, varied and amusing talk.”
Essex Agricultural Society
“Paul, everyone agreed, was superb. A great story, extremely well-told, of a real adventure. He mixed well with the delegates too and seemed to be enjoying himself.”
Royal Yachting Association