City super-regulator the Financial Services Authority, which has
appointed Philip Robinson as its first director of communications and
corporate affairs, is seeking four new staff to complete its senior
communications team. The body is also looking to buy in PR advice during
the course of its launch to the public and industry.
Robinson said: ’We are still looking at what the requirements will
We need excellent professional advice, but are still deciding whether to
use an agency or hold the ring ourselves and get external advice for
each of the technical areas.’
The Authority has employed Citigate Westminster to handle PR in the
build up to its launch.
Robinson is seeking four senior staff who will report to him. The posts
are for heads of internal relations, public affairs, media relations and
Robinson’s appointment followed months of searching by the FSA and its
headhunter Saxton Bampfylde. Currently chief operating officer at IMRO,
which regulates the investment management sector and is one of the nine
bodies to be rolled into the FSA, Robinson takes up his position at the
authority when it becomes operational this spring and will report
directly to chairman Howard Davies.
Robinson had not headed a communications department prior to his
appointment, but his management role at IMRO involved overseeing
internal and external communications.
In addition to the FSA’s internal and external communications, Robinson
will focus on public affairs and legislative issues ahead of various
financial services reforms planned by the government.
The FSA will employ around 2,000 people, including 15 media relations
staff. PR job losses are unlikely despite the merger. Robinson said:
’It’s too early to tell but there will be a large amount of work for the
next two years.’