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Tavistock hires James Henderson's former business partner Charles Vivian as director

Tavistock hires James Henderson's former business partner Charles Vivian as director

Charles Vivian, who set up Pelham alongside James Henderson and later merged it into Bell Pottinger, has joined independent financial PR specialist Tavistock as a director.

French agency ComCorp hires Walgreens Boots' Yves Romestan and eyes massive expansion including acquisitions

French agency ComCorp hires Walgreens Boots' Yves Romestan and eyes massive expansion including acquisitions

Paris-based agency ComCorp has hired Former Walgreens Boots Alliance global comms chief Yves Romestan as part of an ambitious plan to grow as much as 15-fold by 2021 - with UK agency acquisitions among the targets.

DWP rolls out flagship pensions campaign to persuade millions to save for retirement

DWP rolls out flagship pensions campaign to persuade millions to save for retirement

The Department for Work and Pensions launched a major multi-channel workplace pensions campaign this week to persuade millions more people to save for their retirement through auto-enrolment.

Royal Air Force centenary campaign will celebrate service's history and drive diversity

Royal Air Force centenary campaign will celebrate service's history and drive diversity

The Royal Air Force is launching a major drive to raise its profile in a year-long campaign centred on bolstering diversity as it celebrates its centenary.

Bradford to launch PR campaign to convince businesses to fund city-centre improvements

Bradford to launch PR campaign to convince businesses to fund city-centre improvements

Bradford council is planning a PR campaign to promote a business-funded city improvement scheme and to make sure turnout for voting for the scheme is high.

Case study: London Ambulance Service documentary boosts morale, public perception and recruitment

Case study: London Ambulance Service documentary boosts morale, public perception and recruitment

An uplift in staff morale, improved public perception and a boost to recruitment were among the benefits for London Ambulance Service after the service and its teams starred in a BBC documentary series.

Landmark comms campaign could help child sexual abuse survivors share experiences

Landmark comms campaign could help child sexual abuse survivors share experiences

A landmark comms campaign around child sexual abuse could help "expose past failures" made by public bodies and tackle a cover-up culture in the future.

Achoo! PHE urges public to 'Stay Well This Winter' to reduce preventable hospital admissions

Achoo! PHE urges public to 'Stay Well This Winter' to reduce preventable hospital admissions

Public Health England and NHS England have launched a preventative health campaign called 'Stay Well This Winter' in a bid to reduce pressure on hospitals during the colder months.

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.4% in Q3

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.4% in Q3

The PR segment experienced a revenue drop in its first earnings report since Omnicom CEO John Wren said the holding company was "adjusting some of the leadership at its PR firms" after a disappointing Q2.

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Former CIPR president Sarah Pinch and public affairs leader John Lehal (both pictured below) have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of PR industry diversity charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

In brief: Porter Novelli scoops AR app, Halpern to root US restaurant in UK, Mettrr hires WE

Porter Novelli scoops AR app, Halpern to root US restaurant in UK, Mettrr hires WE and more from PRWeek UK.

Brands must be subtle and targeted to reach Generation Alpha, says Hotwire

Brands must be subtle and targeted to reach Generation Alpha, says Hotwire

Emotional connections and subtle communications will be vital if brands and their PR agencies are to connect with the next generation of consumers.

Sainsbury's restructures comms teams and seeks consumer agency to replace Golin

Sainsbury's restructures comms teams and seeks consumer agency to replace Golin

Sainsbury's has restructured its entire in-house comms function and severed ties with Golin, following its acquisition of Argos and Habitat and the departure of comms chief Louise Evans.

Sadiq Khan and Sarah Brown support London Fire Brigade social campaign targeting 'harm' of sexism

Sadiq Khan and Sarah Brown support London Fire Brigade social campaign targeting 'harm' of sexism

The 'harm' caused by sexist representation of firefighters needs to end, according to the London Fire Brigade amid a new campaign to tackle the issue, supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and campaigner Sarah Brown.

Gondry directs John Lewis Christmas ad

Gondry directs John Lewis Christmas ad

Michel Gondry, the Oscar-winning French director known for feature films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, has directed this year's John Lewis Christmas ad through Partizan.

W Communications hires ex-MHP creative director Mark Perkins to new senior role

W Communications hires ex-MHP creative director Mark Perkins to new senior role

Mark Perkins, former creative director at MHP, has been appointed to the newly created role of executive creative director at W Communications.

Owen Blicksilver PR works comms for Weinstein private equity infusion

Owen Blicksilver PR works comms for Weinstein private equity infusion

The financial specialist firm's long-standing client, Colony Capital, is negotiating a sale with The Weinstein Company.

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

The veteran of Apple and Twitter had a short stint as chair of Edelman's technology sector. Sanjay Nair has replaced her in the agency role.

Watch: Meantime campaign with Hope&Glory unites beer and coffee

Watch: Meantime campaign with Hope&Glory unites beer and coffee

London brewer Meantime has created a series of "Latt-ales" - coffee mixed with beer - for a new campaign.

'What about councillors who lobby?' Comms boss calls for local transparency after criticism of MPs working for agencies

'What about councillors who lobby?' Comms boss calls for local transparency after criticism of MPs working for agencies

The boss of Cratus Communications has told PRWeek that there is a lack of transparency around the conflicts of interest created by local councillors working for lobbying agencies - while rejecting Mail on Sunday criticism of an MP working for his agency.

Analysis

Scandals won't slow down a bullish influencer economy

Scandals won't slow down a bullish influencer economy

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Conference

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Conference

New faces for 2017: All change for Government comms directors to implement new comms plan

New faces for 2017: All change for Government comms directors to implement new comms plan

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Bell Pottinger and beyond: does the PR industry have an ethical problem?

Bell Pottinger and beyond: does the PR industry have an ethical problem?

Showcase: Mencap creates #HereIAm campaign to increase public awareness of people with a learning disability

Showcase: Mencap creates #HereIAm campaign to increase public awareness of people with a learning disability

Marcel and more: Agencies test the power of AI

Marcel and more: Agencies test the power of AI

Safety first: Lessons from the cyberattack on WPP

Safety first: Lessons from the cyberattack on WPP

Reputational crisis following Grenfell threatens to overwhelm Kensington council as leader resigns

Reputational crisis following Grenfell threatens to overwhelm Kensington council as leader resigns

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Latest Jobs

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In brief: Burson veteran Galbraith launches boldT, Lotus goes Dutch, Fipra brings in Lexington and Angry Birds PR boss

In brief: Burson veteran Galbraith launches boldT, Lotus goes Dutch, Fipra brings in Lexington and Angry Birds PR boss

Burson veteran Galbraith launches boldT, Lotus rides high with Efteling, Fipra brings in Lexington and Angry Birds PR boss, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Portland gets Equifax brief, Bell Pott leaver to Hudson Sandler, Wang switches to TV

Portland gets Equifax crisis brief, Bell Pott leaver to Hudson Sandler, Wang switches to TV firm

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Philip Peck, one of the Bell Pottinger staffers who worked on its infamous Oakbay account, has been hired by Sans Frontières Associates, PRWeek has learned.

Powerscourt and Hanover pick up former Bell Pottinger work with CYBG

Powerscourt and Hanover pick up former Bell Pottinger work with CYBG

CYBG, the owner of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, has hired Powerscourt and Hanover for comms and public affairs briefs following the collapse of incumbent Bell Pottinger.

Lipin pulls talent from competitors as he launches own shop

Lipin pulls talent from competitors as he launches own shop

Former Brunswick Group U.S. senior partner Steve Lipin has launched Gladstone Place Partners with staffers from his former shop, as well as veterans of Kekst and Company, FTI Consulting, and Prosek Partners.

LinkedIn promotes several on global comms team

LinkedIn promotes several on global comms team

Blair Decembrele and Suzi Owens have been upped to director; and Blythe Yee was named VP.

In brief: Arnott leaves The O2, wins for Kaizo and Frank, Cartwright's new opening

In brief: Arnott leaves The O2, wins for Kaizo and Frank, Cartwright's new opening

Arnott leaves The O2 for theatrical role, Frank bags Tyrrells, Kaizo hired by tech firm, Cartwright opens in Lincoln and more from PRWeek UK.

MHP hires Bell Pottinger duo Bloxham and Lyons to top public affairs and corporate jobs

MHP hires Bell Pottinger duo Bloxham and Lyons to top public affairs and corporate jobs

MHP has announced the hire of former Bell Pottinger partners Andy Bloxham and Jamie Lyons, with the latter taking the role of joint head of public affairs alongside James Gurling.

Maitland appoints Bell Pottinger trio led by former Mirror business editor Clinton Manning

Maitland appoints Bell Pottinger trio led by former Mirror business editor Clinton Manning

Havas-owned Maitland has become the latest agency to recruit practitioners left without jobs after the collapse of Bell Pottinger, hiring former partner Clinton Manning and two of his team.

Synergy CEO Tim Crow departs to 'pursue new ventures'

Synergy CEO Tim Crow departs to 'pursue new ventures'

Tim Crow, CEO of sports marketing, sponsorship and comms group Synergy, is leaving the business after a decade at its helm.

In brief: Mental health launches at PRCA and HCA, new CEO at PRII, Bennett back as Exposure director

Mental health initiatives at PRCA and HCA, new CEO at PRII, Bennett back as Exposure director, Pair join Publishers Association and more from PRWeek UK.

HSBC hires Lacey to global media role with agencies expecting PR agency pitch

HSBC hires Lacey to global media role with agencies expecting PR agency pitch

HSBC has appointed Barclaycard director of external comms Helen Lacey to the newly created role of head of media relations for its global retail banking and wealth management division.

Digitalis hires Bell Pottinger Middle East founder Tom Mollo for international push

Digitalis Reputation, the London-based digital reputation management and intelligence firm, has appointed Bell Pottinger veteran Tom Mollo in a new role targeting international growth.