NEWS: Sutton moves up at Charles Barker

Charles Barker, the PR firm which rose from the ashes of Corporate Communications four years ago, has promoted head of corporate PR Tim Sutton to chief executive in a major overhaul of its board.

Charles Barker, the PR firm which rose from the ashes of Corporate

Communications four years ago, has promoted head of corporate PR Tim

Sutton to chief executive in a major overhaul of its board.



Sutton, one of five directors of the consultancy, takes over day-to-day

management responsibility from Angela Heylin, who has filled the roles

of both chairman and chief executive since its formation as a management

buy-out in August 1992.



Heylin said she would spend more time on her existing clients, which

include Saatchi and Saatchi, BUPA and Severn Trent as well as building

up new business. However, she revealed her intention to step back from

the business saying she hoped to go part-time later in the year.



Other changes announced this week include the appointment of Jennifer

Potter, formerly a director in Charles Barker’s consumer marketing

division, as deputy chief executive with specific responsibility for

developing international business. Heylin said she had decided to split

the chief executive’s job because it was ‘too big for one person if that

person continues to service clients’ - as Sutton will.



In a seperate move, Steve Gebbett, managing director of the consumer

marketing division, is to form his own operating board.



Sutton said this was thought necessary because of the size of the

business, which represents around half the PR agency’s income.



Two new additions to the main board are Nan Williams, who replaces

Sutton as head of the corporate division and Dick Lumsden, managing

director of the agency’s newly-established contract publishing division.



Sutton presented the changes as a deliberate attempt to clear the log-

jam at the top of the company and to ‘liberate the potential’ of its

younger staff.



‘The biggest threat to a public relations comnsultancy apart from

failure is success,’ said Sutton.



‘When you have a good business the temptation is to sit back and not

look to the future of the company.’



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