Harverson beats off rivals to grab Prince Charles job

Manchester United PR chief Paddy Harverson beat candidates understood to have included McKinsey & Co director of comms Tony Danker and former John Major press aide Jonathan Haslam to be appointed chief PR adviser to Prince Charles.

As broken on prweek.com last Friday, Harverson will start at Clarence

House next February as communications secretary, a newly created

position that sees him replace Mark Bolland as the Prince of Wales’s chief spin doctor.

Reports have also suggested that former Sun editor David Yelland was in the running for the job.

A Clarence House spokeswoman declined to comment on names listed, as PRWeek went to press.

Press secretary Colleen Harris, who handles the day-to-day running of the press office, will formally cease to work at Clarence House at the end of this week. She starts work as director of communications at the Commission for Racial Equality on 10 November, replacing Trish Evans, who left in July.

Assistant press secretary Patrick Harrison will replace Harris on an interim basis, and ‘all other decisions [as to the appointment of a permanent replacement for Harris] will follow on from this’, according to the spokeswoman.

Harverson joined Manchester United in December 2000 from the Financial Times, where he was a sports writer (PRWeek, 20 October 2000).

His departure from the football club comes just seven weeks after chief executive officer Peter Kenyon, who hired Harverson, quit to take up the same role at rival Premiership club Chelsea.

Bolland ceased to work for Prince Charles in January and now runs his own agency, Mark Bolland & Associates (PRWeek, 10 January).

It is understood a recruitment process will start at Old Trafford to replace Harverson within weeks.

Meanwhile, Haslam is to leave his corporate affairs director role at the London Metal Exchange to join Jarvis as group comms director around the turn of the year (PRWeek, 24 October).

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