Honours for five communications professionals

Five leading PR figures were named in the 1998 New Year’s Honours List. The highest honour was awarded to Romola Christopherson, director of press and publicity at the Department of Health, who becomes a companion of the Order of the Bath.

Five leading PR figures were named in the 1998 New Year’s Honours

List. The highest honour was awarded to Romola Christopherson, director

of press and publicity at the Department of Health, who becomes a

companion of the Order of the Bath.



In a distinguished 35-year career Christopherson has held communications

posts at six Whitehall departments outside the Department of Health,

where she has worked since 1986. She said: ’I don’t know whether it’s a

reward for survival or competence. I have to tell myself it’s for

competence.’ Prior to taking on the DoH job Christopherson spent a

period as deputy press secretary to Sir Bernard Ingham, who was then

press secretary to Margaret Thatcher.



Receiving OBEs are Keith Howell, head of publicity at the Office of Fair

Trading, and Peter Lipscomb, external affairs director of Diageo,

created last year from the merger of Guinness and GrandMet.



Two PR practitioners receive MBEs. They are Peter Hunt, external affairs

adviser for Coca-Cola Great Britain and a former IPR president, and

Peter Smith, head of PR at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities

from 1974 until its closure last March.



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