In brief: Punch comes to London, comms man to lead RCP, Lodestone hires Stockley

Punch Communications comes to London, comms man to lead RCP, Lodestone teams up with Neil Stockley and more from PRWeek UK.

Punch Communications comes to London

Leicestershire social agency Punch Communications, whose clients include Sony Mobile, Barclaycard, Electrolux and Thomson Holidays, will open the doors of its London office on Monday (11 July). The firm will share space with data visualisation and content firm Buzz Radar in Primrose Hill. Punch's London base will be led by business development director Bryn Foweather and deputy MD George Guildford. The firm was founded 10 years ago and now has 30 staff.

Comms man to lead Royal College of Psychiatry

Paul Rees will become CEO of mental health body the Royal College of Psychiatry in November. Currently the executive director at the Royal College of General Practitioners, Rees began his career as a national newspaper and BBC journalist, before moving into comms with the Ramblers association, and later the National Housing Federation and the Charities Aid Foundation.

Lodestone teams up with Neil Stockley

Comms and public affairs consultancy Lodestone has appointed energy and environment specialist Neil Stockley to join its network of associates. Stockley has previously been a director at Bell Pottinger and MHP, and worked in-house for the Liberal Democrats and tech firm Arqiva.

HTC's Julia Herd joins Deezer

Mobile phone maker HTC's senior director of global comms Julia Herd has joined music streaming service Deezer as VP of comms, a newly created role. She had previously worked for agencies Weber Shandwick and Consolidated as a senior lead on accounts including Microsoft, Haagen-Dazs, Virgin Mobile, Disney and Codemasters.

Oracle's all-female board

Property industry PR and marketing firm The Oracle Group has appointed an all-female board. Caroline Corsky, the firm's MD and founder, has selected long-serving staff Claire Grant, Zoe Murzell, Jaclyn Thorburn and Kathryn Reucroft to form the board. Clients of the agency include Berkeley, L&Q and Notting Hill Housing.

Manifest bolsters O

Manifest has announced a new brand identity and extended team for O, its content division, established in 2014. Neil Hallmark has been promoted within Manifest to become MD of O, and Helen Kenny becomes campaigns director. O now accounts for 10 per cent of Manifest income, the agency said.

Streeters hires Alexander PR

Global management agency Streeters London has handed the brief for artist Gary Card’s inaugural exhibition to Alexander PR. The brief encompasses repositioning Card from set designer to artist and securing a sponsor for his first exhibition, scheduled for October.

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