The Refugee Council’s head of press, Anne Thomas, is leaving the
refugee rights charity next month to join public affairs firm
Westminster Strategy. She will work as an account manager in the media
relations team, which recently lost Jo Moore, who is now a special
adviser to Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers (PR Week, 19
Thomas will report to deputy managing director Mike Lee and handle
clients including the Joint Council for General Qualifications, which
represents examination bodies in England, Wales and northern
She has worked for the Refugee Council for over three years and was
previously a press officer for Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
Westminster Strategy has also hired Matthew Ball, who joined this week
as an account executive from the office of MP and Economic Secretary to
the Treasury, Patricia Hewitt. Ball’s clients will include utility South
West Water and London money market LIFFE.