LONDON: The chairman and founder of financial PR firm Brunswick Group, Alan Parker, has received a knighthood.
The close confidant of UK Prime Minister David Cameron founded Brunswick in 1987. The agency has a roster of clients including BP and EDF Energy. It recently won the PR duties for embattled mining company Eurasian Natural Resources.
Parker was awarded his knighthood for services to business, charitable giving, and philanthropy.
He is a UK business ambassador, a global ambassador for the School of African and Oriental Studies, chairman of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Studies Conferences, and chair of charity Save the Children UK.
Parker learned his craft at Broad Street Associates under founder and industry luminary Brian Basham. He is also known for being friends with top-level politicians from both sides of the UK's House of Commons. Cameron was his special guest at his 50th birthday party and a holiday guest of Parker in 2008. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is also godfather to Parker's son William.
Parker had an unusual entrance into the PR world, counting oilrig worker and rock band manager among his first jobs.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.