60 Seconds with Ketchum’s Chris Martin

Chris Martin, Ketchum’s recently appointed director of public affairs, discusses his new role, the public affairs landscape and advice to those entering the industry.  Congratulations on the new role! What attracted you to Ketchum? The opportunity to join Ketchum as one of the leading global agencies was of course appealing in itself, but the growth… Continue reading 60 Seconds with Ketchum’s Chris Martin

FleishmanHillard Fishburn launches international affairs unit

FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) has launched an international affairs unit to deliver comms and issues management campaigns for countries, multilateral agencies and NGOs. FHF International Affairs will support clients on economic, geopolitical and humanitarian issues including trade and investment, Brexit, foreign policy, disputes and international development. The unit will focus on four areas on international affairs;… Continue reading FleishmanHillard Fishburn launches international affairs unit

Simon McGee joins APCO Worldwide as executive director

Simon McGee, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary, has joined public affairs consultancy APCO Worldwide as executive director in its Global Solutions practice. McGee has been a personal comms advisor to four cabinet ministers and was the head of media for three government departments, including leading HM Diplomatic Service’s worldwide media operation. Before joining the government,… Continue reading Simon McGee joins APCO Worldwide as executive director

Opinion: If you can’t communicate, you can’t lead

As former prime minister Gordon Brown’s new book, My Life, Our Times launches, Rob Lester, head of issues and crisis management at Good Relations, argues that leadership has always required great communication. Gordon Brown admits in his new book that he didn’t show enough emotion to win the 2010 election and failed to communicate his ideas to… Continue reading Opinion: If you can’t communicate, you can’t lead

MHP appoints new heads of corporate and public affairs

MHP Communications has appointed Andy Bloxham as head of its corporate practice and Jamie Lyons and James Gurling as joint heads of public affairs. Bloxham joins from Bell Pottinger, where he was a founding partner of the 60-strong Engage team and ran campaigns for clients including HSBC, Sky and the United Nations. He started his… Continue reading MHP appoints new heads of corporate and public affairs

Hume Brophy adds Eurosceptic ex-MP to its Brexit team

Comms consultancy Hume Brophy has appointed James Wharton, a former northern powerhouse and international development minister, as a senior adviser in its Brexit unit. Wharton will provide strategic advice to Hume Brophy clients and will contribute to the development of public affairs strategies on Brexit and trade issues, alongside WTO expert and ambassador Stuart Harbinson.… Continue reading Hume Brophy adds Eurosceptic ex-MP to its Brexit team

Opinion: Why “digital footprint” monitoring is essential for crisis management

Digitalis Reputation CEO Dave King discusses the implications growing digital footprints and the free availability of personal information online have for crisis management. Even 10 years ago, intelligence gathering in journalistic investigations and due diligence was 80% human-sourced. The remainder was gleaned from public records. Those public records are typically now readily available online, and… Continue reading Opinion: Why “digital footprint” monitoring is essential for crisis management

FleishmanHillard Fishburn wins Flemish economic development brief

Economic development agency Flanders Investment & Trade has enlisted FleishmanHillard Fishburn to promote inward investment and business growth in the Flanders region in Belgium. With a focus on media relations, the agency will target small and medium-sized British businesses expanding into Europe – particularly in technology-related sectors. Ludo Baynham-Herd, account director in FHF’s corporate practice, will lead… Continue reading FleishmanHillard Fishburn wins Flemish economic development brief

Political heavyweights DeLuca and Snowball join FleishmanHillard Fishburn

Nick DeLuca, a senior political advisor, and Tim Snowball, the former Lib Dem comms director and chief of staff, have joined FleishmanHillard Fishburn. The pair will strengthen the agency’s public and international affairs offering, and support its recently formed international affairs unit. With more than 30 years experience in politics, campaigning and corporate affairs, DeLuca… Continue reading Political heavyweights DeLuca and Snowball join FleishmanHillard Fishburn

Government special adviser joins Burson-Marsteller

Burson-Marsteller UK has hired former Downing Street adviser Meg Powell-Chandler as a director in its public affairs team. Powell-Chandler ran as the Conservative candidate in Birmingham Northfield in the 2017 General Election. She has also been special adviser to business secretary Greg Clark and former Prime Minister David Cameron. “Meg joins at a really exciting… Continue reading Government special adviser joins Burson-Marsteller