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Colvin quits Ludgate Laud post

Colvin quits Ludgate Laud post



Michael Colvin, Conservative MP for Romsey and Waterside, has resigned

as a non-executive director of lobbying firm Ludgate Laud. He had been

in the post for two years. A spokesman said he had resigned ‘as a result

of Nolan’s recommendations’.



Communication Group gets on track



The Communication Group has been hired by Resurgence Railways, the

preferred bidder for the Great Western passenger rail franchise.

Resurgence is headed by chartered accountant John Ansdell, formerly one

of two directors of a failed double glazing company. TCG’s brief covers

corporate and consumer PR, and public affairs should Resurgence’s bid

succeed.



Lowe heads for the Scottish Office



Former head of media for the Scottish Conservative Party Jackie Lowe has

joined the Scottish Office as a special adviser to Secretary of State

Michael Forsyth. She will co-ordinate the minister’s communications

strategy with fellow adviser Gerald Warner. Lowe has been replaced by

Bill Shaw at the Conservative Party in Edinburgh.



Crisis first for Yorkshire Water’s new PR



Margaret Stewart, newly appointed corporate affairs director of

Yorkshire Water, has confirmed she will be reviewing the company’s PR

arrangements, but not before she has handled the drought problems. ‘Once

this is over, we will look at all areas of our communications strategy,’

said Stewart. ‘Our priority is crisis management.’



Senior appointments beef up Bhs team



Bhs has beefed up its in-house PR department with two senior

appointments. Hill &Knowlton account manager Hayley Lee and Superdrug PR

officer Louise Turner will join the high street retailer at the end of

this month as corporate PR manager and product PR manager respectively.



Tavistock steps into Infopress’s shoes



Hillier Parker, the property services firm, has hired Tavistock

Communications as its retained corporate PR adviser. The company has now

ended a three year relationship with Infopress and brought its press

relations work in-house (PR Week, 27 October).



Martle quits Proshare for Lansons post



Tamsin Martle, head of communications and education at Proshare for two

years, has joined Lansons Communications as an account manager.

Proshare, which promotes the concept of private share ownership, is

looking for a replacement.



Propeller takes on Oscar II promotion



The Outdoor Advertising Association has appointed Propeller Marketing

Communications to promote its Oscar II research. Described as ‘more than

an update’ of the original Oscar product, which brought measurability to

poster effectiveness, it will be launched to the advertising and

marketing community early in the new year.



Hays hires Lynx to raise national profile



Hays Distribution is looking to raise its profile with the appointment

this week of Lynx Public Relations. The warehousing and distribution

firm, which lists Waitrose among its clients, has budgeted pounds

250,000 over the next two years and ‘six-figure’ sums thereafter.



Correction



We have been asked to point out that Phil Saunders is media relations

manager at the Meat and Livestock Commission, not government relations

manager (PR Week, 17 November) and that he is not retiring from the

commission.



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