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FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard is to split its UK public affairs and corporate arm into two divisions, and has appointed former Teneo SVP Michelle di Leo to lead the new standalone public affairs team.

To use Farage or not, that is the EU campaign question, public affairs firms say

To use Farage or not, that is the EU campaign question, public affairs firms say

As UKIP kicked off its EU referendum campaign yesterday, the campaign faces a difficult choice over how prominently to use Nigel Farage to communicate its key messages, public affairs experts say.

Food and Drink Federation appoints Tim Rycroft as corporate affairs director

Food and Drink Federation appoints Tim Rycroft as corporate affairs director

Tim Rycroft, currently a PR director at Intercontinental Hotels Group and previously of Bell Pottinger, will become the Food and Drink Federation's corporate affairs director in September.

Sewel scandal poses PR questions for Cameron and Lords, say experts

Sewel scandal poses PR questions for Cameron and Lords, say experts

The resignation of Labour peer Lord Sewel over a sex and drugs scandal highlights the House of Lords' "horrible PR problem", public affairs experts say.

Lords statement calls Lord Sewel claims 'shocking and unacceptable'

The House of Lords press office has met allegations that Labour peer Lord Sewel used cocaine during a visit from prostitutes with a short statement, saying no further comment can be made pending police investigations.

British Property Federation names Ghislaine Halpenny as first comms director

The British Property Federation (BPF), the lobbying and membership body for the UK real estate industry, has appointed Ghislaine Halpenny as its first director of comms.

Government spending on comms halved and more cuts to come

Government spending on comms halved and more cuts to come

The Government cut its annual spend on comms by more than half during the last Parliament and aims to reduce it further, according to its annual comms plan.

InterContinental Hotels Group hires Cicero for public affairs brief

InterContinental Hotels Group hires Cicero for public affairs brief

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns and operates brands including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, has appointed Cicero to a new retained public affairs brief covering London and Brussels.

Pro-EU campaign group to boost PR function ahead of official launch

Pro-EU campaign group to boost PR function ahead of official launch

A new pro-EU campaign group, whose founder members include Finsbury chairman Roland Rudd and 2012 Olympics marketing chief Greg Nugent, is to bolster its PR function before its official launch this autumn.

Apologise to us too, UK POW relatives tell Mitsubishi

Apologise to us too, UK POW relatives tell Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan has made an historic apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during the Second World War, leaving relatives of UK prisoners demanding a similar apology.

TUC gets Bance as new head of comms as unions come under 'severe attack'

TUC gets Bance as new head of comms as unions come under 'severe attack'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has appointed Antonia Bance as its new comms chief following last month's retirement of Nigel Stanley, who had held the role for 18 years.

Unicef seeks comms agency for global PR and strategy brief

Unicef seeks comms agency for global PR and strategy brief

The United Nations' charity presently uses a number of agencies for creative campaigns

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA has taken on US-based consulting firm Teneo Holdings as the world football governing body looks to deal with its ongoing crisis.

Government comms should be 'simple' and 'human', says ex-PR David Cameron

Government comms should be 'simple' and 'human', says ex-PR David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged all civil servants and government departments to make all communication with the public "human, clear, simple, helpful and professional".

Culture Secretary announces review of BBC ahead of charter renewal

Culture Secretary announces review of BBC ahead of charter renewal

The Government has launched a Green Paper to look at the future of the BBC, but has put on hold plans to scrap legal enforcement of the television licence fee.

TUC co-ordinates 'positive' campaign by unions over Trade Union Bill

TUC co-ordinates 'positive' campaign by unions over Trade Union Bill

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is co-ordinating trade unions' response to the Government's new Trade Union Bill, saying the campaign will focus on "promoting our positive agenda".

CIPR's new lobbying register welcomed by government registrar

The CIPR has launched the UK Lobbying Register, it was announced today.

Opinion and features

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.

A gallant apology - Why did Mitsubishi's brave expression of remorse trigger a domino effect?

A gallant apology - Why did Mitsubishi's brave expression of remorse trigger a domino effect?

Relatives of UK prisoners of war have urged Mitsubishi to extend its apology to all prisoners subjected to forced labour during the Second World War after its historic apology to US POWs at the weekend.

Unmassing the Middle East

Unmassing the Middle East

Many international organisations still insist on seeing the Middle East as one big mass, but it is a mistake to parcel individual countries together too closely.

Flop of the month: PRCA blasts official advice to charities over Lobbying Act

Flop of the month: PRCA blasts official advice to charities over Lobbying Act

The Charity Commission and the Electoral Commission are both under fire from the PRCA for giving charities conflicting advice on how to navigate the finer points of the Lobbying Act.

Brands are failing women's sport

Brands are failing women's sport

The success of the England team at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup has only further increased my ire because it highlights the great brand hypocrisy of our time: why aren't brands investing in women's sport?

What Obama said on Iran: 'This deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification'

What Obama said on Iran: 'This deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification'

The president echoed Ronald Reagan when addressing the public this morning about the deal several Western countries struck with Iran.

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

I am not surprised at Tessa Jowell's appointment as Chime Specialist Group chair - social purpose has been one of the PR industry's worst kept secrets over the past few years, with the discovery that values are an incredibly important part of reputation and building relationships with consumers and stakeholders.

Mentoring Project: Coached by the best

Mentoring Project: Coached by the best

PRWeek and Women in PR have joined forces to relaunch the Mentoring Project, which is designed to encourage more female leaders in comms.

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

We have recently ceased working on a project. I'd like to say it was a mutual agreement brought about by creative differences, but that would be like saying we won't work for a tobacco company because we think cigarettes might be a bit unhealthy.

Osborne is auditioning for the star role with today's Budget

Osborne is auditioning for the star role with today's Budget

Make no mistake about it, George Osborne is auditioning for the top role. Today's Budget confirms that the Chancellor has transformed himself into a formidable politician who could one day run the country. Delivering his seventh Budget, Osborne had three strategic aims.

Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?

Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?

Without much fanfare, a new Defamation Act last year introduced what could be a significant obstacle for any business wishing to rely on its legal rights to defend and protect its reputation.

A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

When David Cameron commissioned Sir Howard Davies in 2012 he must have thought that 2015 seemed a long way away, and he may have imagined that it would be Ed Miliband making the decision on Heathrow expansion or he would at least have Liberal Democrats in his Government to blame for his hands being tied.

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

The much-hyped, media-saturated Cannes Lions week is over for another year and it is easy to forget that, beyond the glittering yachts and the Yves St Laurent (apparently), the whole point of this 'international festival of creativity' is to be the showcase of the best campaigns from around the world.

Treat your staff like adults and you might find that flexible working works

Treat your staff like adults and you might find that flexible working works

I wasn't surprised to read recently that the PR industry is one of the worst industries for supporting flexible working patterns.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Bob Knott returns to Edelman to lead its business and social purpose practice

Bob Knott returns to Edelman to lead its business and social purpose practice

He succeeds Carol Cone, who left the position three months ago to start a collaborative consultancy.

Twitter says it will change comms strategy as Gabriel Stricker departs

Twitter says it will change comms strategy as Gabriel Stricker departs

"It continues to be essential that we show the world the value of Twitter. Communications is a key component of that, and to help build toward a stronger future, we are looking now to shift our communications strategy and direction," a spokesperson said via email.

Ex-News of the World journalist Lucy Panton to head comms at wine trade body

Ex-News of the World journalist Lucy Panton to head comms at wine trade body

Lucy Panton, the former crime editor of the News of the World who was cleared of making payments to public officials as part of Operation Elveden, has joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association as head of comms.

APCO picks Gadi Dechter to lead public affairs practice

Dechter had served as a staffer in the White House since 2013.

Cohn & Wolfe hires Weber Shandwick's Kate Joynes-Burgess to head digital in UK and EMEA

Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) has appointed Weber Shandwick's Kate Joynes-Burgess as its new head of digital and integrated marketing for the UK and EMEA.

CNBC hires Freuds' Lee Thompson to head EMEA comms

CNBC hires Freuds' Lee Thompson to head EMEA comms

Broadcaster CNBC has hired Freuds' Lee Thompson to head comms across EMEA, alongside the appointment of Mike Cheong from Burson-Marsteller to take a similar role in Asia Pacific.