IN-HOUSE The Campaign to Protect Rural England has appointed Dan McLean as director of comms. McLean is a former international comms manager at Help the Aged.
CONSUMER Iconic insurance brand Sheila’s Wheels has brought in Mischief PR on a six-month consumer and trade account. Mischief already works with sister brand Esure.
AGENCY Former Scottish radio DJ Victoria Pitchers is launching independent PR shop Bunnyfoot this month. Based in Edinburgh, the agency will also have offices in London and Oxford.
CONSUMER Electronic toys company Vtech has handed Nexus PR a six-figure brief following a competitive pitch. The account was previously held by Oxford-based agency JJ Group.
CONSUMER American mineral make-up brand Bare Escentuals has named Halpern as its retained UK agency after a three-way pitch. Halpern will seek to replicate the brand’s success in the US.
PUBLIC SECTOR The General Social Care Council has taken on Lisa Watch as head of external affairs. Watch joins from the Electoral Commission and reports to interim director of strategy Mick Lowe.
CONSUMER Communique is to promote furniture designer and manufacturer Herman Miller in the UK. It will position the brand as a pioneer in product design and a thought leader on sustainability.
CITY & CORPORATE Finsbury is to bring in Brunswick consultant Conor McClafferty as an associate partner from January. At Brunswick, McClafferty worked with clients including ICI, Reed Elsevier, Britvic and Thomas Cook.
B2B Storm Communications has been hired by coffee brand Douwe Egberts after a five-way pitch. The agency will position the brand as a quality coffee provider across the catering industry.
CONSUMER Belfast-based PR agency Life Communications has been hired for a consumer and promotions brief for Bollinger champagne in Ireland.