Paul Mathieu 1946-2020
Paul founded Write First Time after a career first in journalism, then later in PR. He was, in his words, ‘lured into PR by lifestyle promises which may have been exaggerated.’ After working for a major international agency, het set up Herald Communications, which grew into a pan-European business. When he sold the company in the early noughties it had offices in six European countries and a staff of over 100.
Paul recognised the importance of good writing to his business and gave training to his own teams from an early stage. Write first Time grew out of these workshops and has evolved into the courses we offer today. It was always Paul’s style to make the training he gave as enjoyable as possible and his approach lives on.
Besides his family, Paul’s great passion in life was racing, which he wrote about extensively. He published four books on the subject, the first of which, The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy (1990) is considered to be one of the greatest books on racing ever written. He was a regular visitor to the Cheltenham Festival for many years and enjoyed nothing more than a day at the races in the company of his many friends and admirers. He was also a keen cricketer in his youth and continued to follow the game in later life.
Paul’s death at the end of 2020 was a sad shock and our thanks go to all the clients and friends who have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed working with him over the years. He is survived by his wife Heather and his children Clare and Mark.