Foresight hires Savage to boost new business

Foresight Communications has snapped up Central Railway director of government affairs Chris Savage with a brief to win new business for the public affairs consultancy in the transport, defence and utilities sectors.

Savage joins Foresight next week as a director, reporting to managing director Mark Adams.

His role at Central Railway has been scrapped following the Government’s decision in March to decline funding for the proposed freight railway linking Liverpool and northern France.

He is understood to have been in talks to join at least one other PA consultancy.

Prior to joining Central Railway in 2001, Savage was director and head of government relations at Weber Shandwick Public Affairs, where his clients included British Gas and SWEB Energy. He joined WS in 1997 from the Trades Union Congress, where he was head of the industry policy unit.

Adams said Foresight expected to grow from a full-time staff count of six to ten in 12 months. Its other director is Sarah Pearce.

Adams, a one-time private secretary to former prime minister John Major, left The Communication Group as its political MD to set up Foresight three and a half years ago. Foresight’s clients include European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company and Thames Water.

Savage said that despite the disbanding of its PR function, Central Railway’s senior managers would continue to promote the proposed freight line, which promised to remove millions of HGVs from UK roads.

The company recently drafted in Holborn PR to build public support for the project as a privately financed venture.

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