Welbeck brings Davidson on to restructured board

Consumer PR agency Welbeck Golin/Harris has brought in Claire Davidson, the director of sister agency Shandwick Scotlan, in a newly created post as board director.

Consumer PR agency Welbeck Golin/Harris has brought in Claire

Davidson, the director of sister agency Shandwick Scotlan, in a newly

created post as board director.



Davidson joined Shandwick seven years ago, and became head of the

Edinburgh office last year. She begins her new role in December and will

head up Welbeck’s consumer division.



She will report to chief executive Alison Clarke, who previously headed

the consumer division. Her appointment completes a restructure at the

agency in which Clarke took over this spring as chief executive from Ann

Brunton, now chairman.



Davidson’s move will be followed by a merger between Shandwick’s

Edinburgh office and sister agency PR Centre, also based in Edinburgh.

Shandwick’s other Scottish offices in Aberdeen and Glasgow remain the

same.



PR Centre managing director Nora Farrell will head up the 25 strong

Edinburgh office from November, after the merger. The merger completes a

re-branding exercise Shandwick is undertaking in its UK regions and

international offices.



The parent company bought its Scottish operation in 1989. Previously

known as PR Consultants Scotland it changed its name to Shandwick in

1995.



PR Centre was set up in 1990 to serve clients whose interests conflicted

with Shandwick’s other Scottish business.



’We now don’t have a single conflicting interest in about 32 clients,’

said Shandwick Scotland MD John Gerrie.



P Davidson’s move coincides with two departures from Shandwick

Consultants.



Associate director Ian Lindsley has left Shandwick to become director of

public affairs at Burson-Marsteller and Ben Bellak, a senior corporate

consultant, joined financial and corporate agency Focus Communications

on Monday.



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