Edelman's public affairs head Chris Rumfitt to launch own agency

Edelman's top UK lobbyist is poised to leave the agency ahead of launching his own venture next year.

Chris Rumfitt: launching his own agency
Chris Rumfitt: launching his own agency

Chris Rumfitt, MD of the agency’s growing public affairs practice, is set to depart at the end of January.

It is understood that the venture – not yet publicly named – will focus on corporate comms, strategy and public affairs and involve a small number of other senior practitioners.

Rumfitt’s imminent exit follows nearly six years at the agency, where he has overseen a near doubling of staff in the public affairs practice to a team of more than 20.

During this time, he also increased its focus on property and planning, including controversial work helping obtain consent for the £8bn transformation of Earl’s Court with developer CapCo.

Rumfitt, who declined to comment, started his career as a parliamentary researcher and then Number 10 press officer and joined Edelman having headed up external comms at Network Rail.

His departure was described as a "big loss" by one agency rival, while Edelman general manager Alex Bigg said: "We’re very sad he’s going. He’s been a great servant to Edelman and we wish him all the best."

Edelman is understood to be mid-way through recruiting, with an external replacement to be announced in due course.

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