Citypress hires Co-op's Patrick Tooher to lead financial services practice

Patrick Tooher, a former financial journalist and corporate PR business lead for The Co-operative Group, has joined Citypress as head of its financial services practice.

Patrick Tooher: former business editor of The Mail on Sunday
Patrick Tooher: former business editor of The Mail on Sunday

Martin Currie, MD of the Manchester-headquartered agency, has hired the experienced editor and in-house PR man to join his seven-strong leadership team.

It is the first time Tooher, who will also form part of Citypress’ specialist crisis and issues management unit, has worked for a PR agency.

Tooher departed The Co-op earlier this month, following the appointment in March of Alice Hunt as director of communications.

He has worked in in-house PR since 2005, when he joined KPMG as senior media relations manager after a 16-year career in journalism including a business editor role at the Mail on Sunday.

He moved to become head of PR for The Co-operative Financial Services in 2010 and then to be corporate PR business lead at The Co-operative Group in January 2013.

Citypress’ financial services clients include the Post Office, which it won earlier this year, Lloyds Banking Group and the Wesleyan Bank.

Currie said: "Patrick is one of the market’s most experienced practitioners, combining board-level communications expertise with senior editorial insight."

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