About Us

Boulder Group was founded in 2007 by two former BBC journalists– Marcia Hughes and Paul O’Keeffe. Both had worked at the BBC news and current affairs department on a wide range of programmes for both TV and radio.

Boulder’s aim is to help academics and anyone involved in ideas and research to communicate with impact so that their work can reach the audience it deserves.

Current clients include the Economic and Social Research Council’s Future of the UK and Scotland teams, the University of Leeds, and the Yorkshire Deanery.

Boulder Group’s clients have included the Crichton Institute, Lancaster University Management School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development, Engineers Without Borders UK, Brunel University and People Development Associates.

Paul O’Keeffe

Paul O'Keeffe

Paul worked for nine years as a BBC broadcast journalist, mainly at BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. Prior to that, he worked for five years as a journalist for Institutional Investor, writing and editing for publications aimed at the financial services community.

“I really enjoy working with researchers to make complex ideas and knowledge available to as many people as possible. I work on the premise that there is nothing that can’t be explained easily to somebody, while making sure that nuance and uncertainity is respected.” Paul explains.

Paul has a BA Hons in History from Warwick University, and a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London.

As well as being a director of Boulder Group Limited, Paul is a partner in Thomas Tosh. It’s a venue, cafe, art gallery and retailer based in Dumfries and Galloway. Paul concentrates on marketing and event planning there.

Marcia Hughes

Marcia Hughes, co-founder and director

Marcia has spent over thirteen years as a producer and reporter in broadcast journalism. She worked on a wide range of programmes across the BBC , in Radio and TV, including Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC Breakfast. In 2001, she presented a Money Programme investigating the collapse of accounting giant Andersen and won the Foreign Press Association award for Best Financial Story.

Marcia has a love of languages and has a joint honours degree in French and Italian from Lancaster University.

Since leaving the BBC, she has presented corporate videos for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, working specifically with their chairman and has also lectured in Broadcast Journalism at Leeds University. Marcia lives in Ilkley Yorkshire and is married with two children.

“I want to make sure those involved in research and ideas engage with the right audience using the right communication at the right time,” Marcia says.