Consolidated Communications has poached Edward Vaizey, head of
business and financial services at Politics International, to head up a
new public affairs division.
As director of public affairs, Vaizey has been charged with establishing
the public affairs division at Consolidated and will build up a
The unit’s first client is Virgin Direct, which was a client of Vaizey’s
at Politics International. Consolidated handles the PR for Virgin
’I have worked closely with Consolidated on joint projects with Virgin
Direct,’ said Vaizey. ’This move gives me the opportunity to develop my
own public affairs business.’ Public affairs and PR should work closely
together, he added.
Vaizey joined Politics International from the Public Policy Unit last
July (PR Week, 18 July 1997). He was previously a barrister and prior to
that was an advisor to former Conservative chancellor Kenneth Clark.
Consolidated Communications’ client list includes the Virgin Group,
former building society Norwich Union, Capital Radio and Blockbuster