Thames Water is reviewing its public affairs account, currently
held by Political Context, as part of a reappraisal of its
The review was initiated by corporate affairs director Jonathan Russell,
who joined the company in April.
Political Context has held the account since November 1996 and its brief
includes both parliamentary monitoring and strategic advice. Thames
Water is currently in the process of hearing pitches from public affairs
Russell said: ’It makes sense that all the parts of the communications
function be reviewed. It is a widespread review of how corporate affairs
adds value to Thames Water. Public affairs is the only one where we are
holding a pitch.’
Issues on the company’s public affairs agenda are thought to include the
pending price review by water regulator Ofwat and Gordon Brown’s plans
to curb ’fat cat’ salaries - Thames Water chief executive Bill Alexander
received a basic salary of pounds 219,000 in 1997-1998.
Thames Water’s only retained PR agency alongside Political Context is
Bell Pottinger Financial, which the company has used for almost ten
It also employs agencies on a project basis including Regester Larkin,
for crisis PR and Communique for property-related PR.