NEWS: Curzon pair depart TCG

Christopher Joll and Maurice Barnfather have left The Communication Group just eight months after being brought in to head up the agency’s financial and corporate division.

Christopher Joll and Maurice Barnfather have left The Communication

Group just eight months after being brought in to head up the agency’s

financial and corporate division.



Investor relations specialist Joll, formerly the division’s managing

director, and financial PR Barnfather, its deputy chairman, left TCG a

fortnight ago. However, Joll is continuing to work as a consultant to

TCG via his business Christopher Joll Consulting.



The two joined the agency last October, when TCG acquired Barnfather’s

five-strong financial agency, Barnfather Associates. That purchase came

just three weeks after Barnfather and Joll had formed a joint PR and IR

firm, Curzon.



The acquisition, which doubled the size of TCG’s financial and corporate

division, was described by agency managing director Peter Hamilton as a

‘convenient solution for all parties’ (PR Week, 29 September 1995). ‘We

estimate that this will put us among the UK’s top ten financial

communications consultancies,’ he predicted.



Speaking this week, Hamilton declined to give details of the split,

saying simply ‘it was just one of those things that didn’t work out’. He

said that Joll had been replaced by the corporate and financial

division’s deputy MD Alex Glover, who joined TCG last month from

Grandfield.

He added that the agency would not be appointing a new deputy chairman.



Joll told PR Week that it was unlikely that Curzon would be revived but

stressed that, although he was no longer working with Barnfather their

relationship had not broken down.



He declined to elaborate on the split, saying that, due to his

continuing contractual relationship with TCG, it would not be

appropriate to comment.



Barnfather, who has moved Barnfather Associates into new central London

offices, also emphasised that he remained good friends with Joll while

declining to comment on his departure from TCG.



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