Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

McDonald's has recruited Ketchum Pleon lobbyist Allison Bartlett as head of UK public affairs.

Bartlett is a former head of government affairs at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Hugh Milward, the fast-food chain's previous head of public affairs, left last year to become deputy managing director at TLG.

Kraft Foods has hired Portland associate director Nicola Gilchrist as head of public affairs for the UK & Ireland. She will report to corporate affairs director Jonathan Horrell. The US-based confectionery, food and drinks giant uses MHP Communications for public affairs.

The Charity Retail Association has appointed Hackney Council member Wendy Mitchell as head of policy and public affairs. Mitchell currently works in public affairs for Newham Council.

Lexington Communications director Wyn Evans has quit the agency to set up Forty Shillings, a network of property comms specialists.

Keene Public Affairs has promoted former Conservative MP Geoff Lawler to its board. Lawler served as MP for Bradford North from 1983 to 1987.

He joined Keene last year, having been a director of The Public Affairs Company. Keene is run by MD Simon Quarendon.

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