Ariatu PR Founder, Ronke Lawal, was born in Hackney, East London. Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own PR and Communications business in 2004. Ariatu PR specialises in PR and Communications for clients in a range of B2C industries; including lifestyle, consumer goods & the creative enterprise sector.
In January 2010, Ronke became the Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce where she remained until the end of 2012. She joined the board of Trustees of Voluntary Action Islington in 2012 and was on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust from 2011-18. In 2018 she became a director on the board of directors at the Charted Institute of Public Relations. She has been a mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation, The “Success Looks Like You” Initiative and The BME PR Pros initiative as well as a mentor to entrepreneurs and creatives in a range of sectors.
In 2010 Ronke was named as one of the Top 400 women of the year in the UK for her work with the Islington Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Ronke was honoured to receive a Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership. In 2019 Ronke received an alumni award from Lancaster University for making a substantial contribution to her field of work and developed an outstanding reputation among her peers. In 2020 Ronke won the award for PR & Comms Influencer of the Year at the Vuelio online influence awards.
She is a passionate advocate for enterprise, equality and equity through diverse and inclusive leadership. She consultants clients on PR strategy and facilitates training in personal branding, PR strategy and media training. She is regularly invited onto a variety of media platforms to share her insights on pop culture, current affairs, business and more.
Her varied passions outside the business world include food (Founder of Food Blog www.whosfordinner.co.uk), travel, music, literature and most importantly living a life she loves.