Former Times news editor Martin Barrow joins Maitland

Havas-owned financial and corporate agency Maitland has bolstered its team with two senior appointments.

Martin Barrow and Laura Conaghan: Joined Maitland this week
Martin Barrow and Laura Conaghan: Joined Maitland this week

Martin Barrow, The Times’ former news editor, has joined the firm as a partner, while Laura Conaghan (née Humble) comes in as an associate partner from Man Group.

Both started at the agency this week.

Barrow has previously spent 24 years at The Times in a 30-year journalism career. As well as being news editor for three years, he was previously foreign news editor and business news editor and was health editor from 2011 until he left the paper earlier this year.

Born and raised in Peru, Barrow is also a fluent Spanish speaker and will work with a number of Maitland’s Spanish clients.

Meanwhile, Conaghan will join the firm’s financial services practice after serving as PR manager at asset management giant Man Group - a client of Maitland.

Before joining Man, she spent five years as a reporter for Bloomberg News and four years as the press officer for the Treasury Select Committee.

Neil Bennett, Maitland's chief executive, said: "Martin’s experience of working across all aspects of The Times’ news gathering departments has given him a unique insight into the global media, while Laura’s time in Parliament in particular means she will be able to advise clients on the critical interface between business, government and the media.

"Both of them have had rich and varied careers in the media and the communications world, and I have no doubt will make an important contribution to the firm and to the clients they work with."

Barrow commented: "I am delighted to be joining Maitland at this exciting time and I look forward to working with the firm’s diverse clients to help them develop their media strategies."

The agency has been working on a number of significant project briefs in recent months, handling PR for Vodafone in the $130bn Verizon Wireless deal and advising UKFI on the sale of part of the Government’s stake in Lloyds.

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