Paddy Harverson and DJ Collins quit to launch comms venture

Two of the best-known comms directors in Britain have resigned from their roles to set up a London-based comms agency.

Paddy Harverson: Launching agency with DJ Collins
Paddy Harverson: Launching agency with DJ Collins

Paddy Harverson, comms secretary at Clarence House, and D-J Collins, vice president of public policy and comms for Google EMEA, are looking to advise corporate clients and high net-worth individuals.

Harverson and Collins will launch the yet-to-be-named consultancy next spring, after serving out their respective notice periods, which are believed to be six months.

Harverson, who has just turned 50, is understood to be keen on a discreet, low-key consultancy that will advise public figures in the post-Leveson era. After nearly nine years protecting the reputation of Princes Charles, William and Harry – and previously, four years helping Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – he is well-placed for such a role.

Collins, 41, will bring equally impressive experience from the corporate and political worlds. He has been with Google since 2006. Before that he worked in Weber Shandwick’s corporate and public affairs practice. A close friend of David Miliband, Collins is well-connected in New Labour circles.

No other consultants are expected to join the agency before launch.

Both Harverson and Collins featured in PRWeek’s 2012 list of top 10 operators in the UK, with Harverson named PR Professional of the Year in 2011.

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