Fishburn Hedges adds to lobbying firepower

Fishburn Hedges' lobbying practice has made its first major hire since the departure of its long-standing head of public affairs Graham McMillan.

The consultancy has brought in Rory Scanlan, ­currently a partner at The Policy Partnership.

He joins next month as a board director. Scanlan has been at The Policy Partnership for over six years, working for clients including UPS, Pinewood Studios and The Trump ­Organisation. Before joining in 2000, he was an account director at rival PPS.

He has also spent 18 months working for the Labour Party as a media and political intelligence officer, and he worked on the party’s 2001 and 2005 general election campaigns.

Scanlan starts at Fishburn Hedges on 13 August, reporting to head of public affairs Lucy Burns. She assumed the top public affairs role earlier this year, after previous head of public affairs Graham ­McMillan left to set up the Open Road consultancy.

Fishburn Hedges has also been hit by the departure this year of top lobbyists Miles Celic, now at HSBC, and Lee Whitehead, now at the East of England ­Strategic Health Authority.

But the consultancy has moved to bolster its financial credentials with the hire of ex-business editor of The Independent on Sunday Jason Nisse (PRWeek, 29 June).

Meanwhile, Scanlan’s current employer The Policy Partnership has made a trio of three new hires.

Joel Feyerherm, one-time head of public affairs at the former Abbey National bank and more recently associate at AGG International, joins the corporate comms consultancy as senior associate. Megan Murphy, previously legal affairs reporter at Bloomberg, joins in a similar role. Both will work in the consultancy’s new litigation practice.

Andy Melia joins the agency as a researcher. He was previously diary secretary at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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