Pattison in talks over new role at Tavistock

Shandwick Consultants director Gillian Pattison, who is leaving the agency at the end of the month, is set to join City agency Tavistock Communications as a director.

Shandwick Consultants director Gillian Pattison, who is leaving the

agency at the end of the month, is set to join City agency Tavistock

Communications as a director.



Pattison is on gardening leave from Shandwick, which asked her to go

earlier this month (PR Week, 16 January, 1998).



She is understood to be negotiating to become a partner in the City

agency, and is likely to take an equity stake in the firm if she joins.

Pattison joined Shandwick from Citigate in 1995, she was previously at

Grayling.



Tavistock was formed in 1991 by joint chief executives Tim Brown and

Jeremy Carey, who broke away from the financial and corporate PR firm

City and Commercial.



It is 30 per cent owned by Georgeson and Company, a US-based investor

relations specialist. Directors Brown, Carey and David Foxman own the

majority of the remaining equity.



Carey confirmed that he is in discussions with Pattison but added: ’It

would be wrong to say any more at this stage.’ Pattison declined to

comment.



Tavistock has a client list of 70, 42 of which are quoted companies.

These include Vodafone and British Steel.



It also has strengths in investor relations, financial services and

property, with clients including the Auditing Practice Board and

property firm Benchmark.



Tavistock employ 26 staff and its annual fees are around pounds 2

million.



The deal struck with Georgeson, in 1995, has increased levels of IR

business.



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