Sophie Taylor-Roberts to set up Good Relations Health and Wellbeing

Good Relations PR has appointed Sophie Taylor-Roberts as executive director, tasked with setting up the agency’s Health and Wellbeing practice. Taylor-Roberts will oversee all aspects of its health and wellbeing offer – ranging from nutrition to prescription treatments – with emphasis on influencing and changing consumer behaviour.  The practice will combine consumer thinking, content generation […]

Alex Birch joins Clarity as director of client services

Clarity PR has appointed Alex Birch as director of client services. Birch will oversee client delivery across Clarity’s B2B and consumer accounts to maintain client satisfaction across the UK. Her role will also include working with the agency’s senior management to further develop its portfolio. She was previously head of startups and fast growth at […]

Barclays appoints new director of external communications

Barclays UK has promoted Louise Pancott to director of external communications. She will oversee all external comms and media relations for the bank’s wealth and investments, personal banking and mortgage divisions. She joins Simon Hailes, the existing director of comms activity for business banking and reputation management. Pancott has held a number of senior media relations […]

Kate O’Neill joins Jupiter as head of corporate development

Jupiter Asset Management has appointed Kate O’Neill as its head of corporate development, a position which includes oversight of the company’s corporate comms programme. O’Neill will report to chief financial officer Charlotte Jones and will establish a team to work with Jupiter’s executive committee to coordinate corporate strategic planning and implementation, competitor analysis and business […]

60 Seconds with Empica’s Martin Powell

Following Empica’s move to bigger premises just outside Bristol, managing director Martin Powell talks about why the agency has moved, his 28 years in the industry and working with the regional press.  You’ve recently moved from Long Ashton to The Courtyard in Wraxall Hill. What was the thinking behind the move? We had been in our previous […]

Financial News: We want to break stories, set the City’s agenda and provide the news other publications don’t

At an exclusive Cision media briefing yesterday, Chris Newlands, editor of Financial News, outlined the publication’s aim to set the agenda in the City and compete with the FT’s financial services desk. Francesco Guerrera, Financial News’ publisher and head of EMEA at Dow Jones Media Group, joined Newlands at the event in its Central London offices where the pair […]

Alex Brown joins Buchanan as partner

Buchanan has appointed Alex Brown as partner to build on its financial services offering. Brown joins from Weber Shandwick, where he was previously a director, and has 20 years’ experience in advising financial services companies on strategic comms. His previous clients have included HSBC, Lloyd’s of London, Nasdaq, Barclays Wealth and The European Banking Authority. […]