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Westminster begins disciplinary action

Westminster begins disciplinary action



Westminster Council has started disciplinary proceedings against Graham

England, its director of external relations. England, formerly housing

director, was one of six people charged with wilful misconduct and fined

pounds 31.7 million following district auditor John Magill’s

investigation into the homes for votes scandal. England is appealing

against the judgment.



F-H takes on Microsoft work in Europe



Microsoft Europe has taken on Fleishman-Hillard to manage media

relations for its lobbying and community affairs activities. The agency

has been working on PR projects through its Paris office since June. It

replaces Ruder Finn, which lost most of its Microsoft European PR

business last month.



Percival takes Major press role



Number 10 Downing Street has confirmed Allan Percival, press secretary

to the Prince of Wales, as its new deputy press secretary. Reporting to

chief press secretary Jonathan Haslam, Percival joins John Major’s press

team on 24 July. He replaces Andrew Marre who becomes head of

information at the Department of National Heritage



In-house public affairs tops wage survey



In-house public affairs directors emerged as the highest paid in a

survey by recruitment specialist Peter Childs Associates with an average

pay package of pounds 63,000 including pounds 4,500 in bonuses. This

compares with an average salary and bonus package of pounds 59,000 for

the MDs of lobbying firms.



Meet the Editors lines up participants



Speakers from IPC, the BBC and the editors of More! and Sugar! will take

part in the IPR’s Meet the Editors programme. The series begins on 26

September with a talk by three IPC publishers and continues until

December.



Biss Lancaster’s green light from rail firm



Biss Lancaster has been appointed by London and South Coast, the new

owner of privatised rail franchise Network SouthCentral, after pitching

against three other PR agencies. The business is thought to be worth

over pounds 100,000 in fees.



Chase Manhattan’s Walker joins Shandwick



Chase Manhattan Bank’s corporate communications vice president for

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Julian Walker, has joined Shandwick

Consultants. Walker left his former post after a reorganisation

following the merger of Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank.



Colman Getty picks up Opportunity 2000



Opportunity 2000, the business-led scheme to get women into more top

jobs, has hired Colman Getty PR to publicise its fifth anniversary in

November. The agency was retained by Business in the Community two years

ago before the contract passed to Charles Barker. Its work ended in May.



Golley Slater to boost West of England



Pilot Software, the US-owned software provider, has ended its two year

relationship with Kinross and Render and appointed Moores Associates to

handle its pounds 40,000-fee UK PR account.



Ritchie is Star managing director



Qantas Airways ex-marketing communications manager Jane Ritchie has

resurfaced as managing director of newly formed travel PR specialist

Star PR. She left Qantas in March.



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