Dewhurst will leave Railtrack at end of year

Railtrack corporate affairs director Philip Dewhurst is planning to leave the stations and track operator at the end of the year.

Railtrack corporate affairs director Philip Dewhurst is planning to

leave the stations and track operator at the end of the year.



It is understood that Railtrack has just begun the search for Dewhurst’s

successor. He has spent nearly five years at Railtrack, and took the

decision to leave before the Paddington disaster.



Dewhurst said: ’I’ve dealt with every PR issue imaginable in that space

of time. I want to do something new while I’ve still got some

energy.’



He will stay in post until the end of the year to manage the aftermath

of Paddington and finish his term as IPR president. He plans to return

to consultancy, and wants to offer strategic advice within an agency or

as a self-employed practitioner. ’Another in-house job would be boring

after this one,’ he said.



During his time at Railtrack, Dewhurst has seen the company through its

privatisation, and worked under two chairmen, two CEOs and two

secretaries of state.



He oversees a team of 30, which includes investor relations and

shareholder communications practices which he set up from scratch.

Dewhurst’s replacement will be responsible for internal communications,

public affairs, relations with the City, the press office and corporate

PR.



Railtrack retains a number of PR agencies including Rowland, Millbank

PR, Brunswick, Camargue for property PR, Domino for marketing

communications and Bell Pottinger for public affairs.



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