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Emma Eatwell rejoins Hanover as head of healthcare in Brussels

Public and corporate affairs agency Hanover has rehired Emma Eatwell, who left in April 2013 to join healthcare business Swedish Orphan Biovitrum as head of public policy and advocacy.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

The PR industry gathered at an exclusive awards night at Grosvenor House to celebrate the best people, agencies and campaigns of 2014. Here's the full list of winners.

PRWeek Awards 2014: Our pictures from the night

PRWeek Awards 2014: Our pictures from the night

Take a look at our gallery of photos from last night's PRWeek Awards, hosted by James Corden.

Fairtrade Foundation and Kaper scoop PRWeek Campaign of the Year

Fairtrade Foundation and Kaper scoop PRWeek Campaign of the Year

The top creative prize at the PRWeek Awards 2014 went to Kaper for its work for Fairtrade Fortnight, which also picked up Integrated Campaign of the Year.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: one last look at the shortlist

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: one last look at the shortlist

The winners of this year's PRWeek Awards will be revealed at London's Grosvenor House Hotel tonight, so here's a final reminder of who's up for a gong.

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Was the Conservative media response to a damaging sex scandal and UKIP defection up to scratch? Ian Griggs asks the experts what they thought of the tactics.

Cameron charms many social media critics with conference address

David Cameron caused a big shift in social media sentiment towards him with his speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday, according to research.

Transparency row over Tory MP's role with lobbying agency

Transparency row over Tory MP's role with lobbying agency

The former Liberal Democrat leader of Kingston Council, Liz Green, and her Conservative successor Kevin Davis are in a war of words over the transparency of local government lobbying agency Cratus' relationship with Tory MP Bob Neill.

Burson-Marsteller to represent Islamist party in Tunisia ahead of elections

Burson-Marsteller has been hired by the Ennahda party in Tunisia, a moderate Islamist political movement.

Portland linked to site attacking critics of client Qatar's World Cup

Portland linked to site attacking critics of client Qatar's World Cup

Portland has admitted its digital team helped set up a blog that has attacked critics of the Qatar World Cup but has insisted it does not run the site and it is not part of its work for the Government of Qatar.

PLMR snaps up Oliver Lane from Department for Education

PLMR snaps up Oliver Lane from Department for Education

Political Lobbying and Media Relations (PLMR) has hired Oliver Lane from the Department for Education (DfE) as an account director in Westminster.

Kate and Wills comms secretary joins Portland

Kate and Wills comms secretary joins Portland

Ed Perkins, the comms secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is joining Portland next month as a senior adviser.

Bell Pottinger hires former diplomat Mark Canning to boost growth in Asia

Bell Pottinger hires former diplomat Mark Canning to boost growth in Asia

Bell Pottinger has recruited a former British diplomat, Mark Canning, in Asia to help expand the company's client base in the region.

Channel 4 announces Paxman to anchor 2015 general election night

Channel 4 announces Paxman to anchor 2015 general election night

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman will cover the 2015 general election results night for Channel 4.

MHP takes on MoneySuperMarket public affairs work

Price comparison website MoneySuperMarket has appointed MHP Communications to handle its public affairs following a competitive pitch.

Conservative Party loses deputy comms chief to Barratt

Conservative Party loses deputy comms chief to Barratt

The Tory Party has moved to hire the Transport Secretary's special adviser Ben Mascall as deputy director of communications to replace Tim Collins, who is joining the housebuilder Barratt.

Former Whitehouse Consultancy director returns as MD

Former Whitehouse Consultancy director returns as MD

The former director of The Whitehouse Consultancy, Helen Munro, is returning after eight years to take up the role of managing director.

Opinion and features

A PR professional's guide to social media monitoring

A PR professional's guide to social media monitoring

There are numerous tools available for monitoring your social media campaigns and the opportunities for engagement seem limitless, but this can brings pitfalls.

Hit or Miss? Campaign for return of Elgin Marbles feeds off Clooney publicity

Hit or Miss? Campaign for return of Elgin Marbles feeds off Clooney publicity

The profile of the Greek government's long-running appeal for the return of its national treasure from Britain received a boost when yesterday's papers prominently featured the arrival of its legal adviser Amal Clooney in Athens.

"Did you have to pay a backhander to get the business?" The challenge of working in Russia

"Did you have to pay a backhander to get the business?" The challenge of working in Russia

It is always interesting to gauge PR people's responses when I tell them that 60 per cent, or around £1.2m, of JTA's business comes from Russia and Russian speaking countries.

Tim Bell on writing as therapy, the quality of PR today, and the Saatchis

Tim Bell on writing as therapy, the quality of PR today, and the Saatchis

Danny Rogers finds the Tory peer and founder of Bell Pottinger in reflective mood as he discusses his newly-published memoir 'Right or Wrong'.

Public affairs would benefit if powers were shifted away from Westminster

Public affairs would benefit if powers were shifted away from Westminster

Devolving political power to cities would be a huge boost for the public affairs industry as well as being good for England.

It's simple: Lobbying agencies should not hire MPs

It's simple: Lobbying agencies should not hire MPs

The news this week that a lobbying agency plans to hire a sitting MP as a non-executive director sits very uneasily with the vast majority of us who work in agency lobbying.

I didn't get where I am today... without authenticity

I didn't get where I am today... without authenticity

Being authentic means sometimes ignoring the directive of your boss, says Mary Whenman, MD, corporate, financial and PA at Weber Shandwick.

Dispatch from the Tory conference: Osborne challenges NIMBYs and tech companies

Dispatch from the Tory conference: Osborne challenges NIMBYs and tech companies

Despite a tricky start to conference with poor polling, Mark Reckless' defection and the Sunday Mirror's sting involving Brooks Newmark, the feel at conference is one of bullishness.

Dispatch from UKIP conference: Time for business to connect

Dispatch from UKIP conference: Time for business to connect

The weekend's bombshells for the Conservative Party conference have set alight the debate over the future direction of that party's policy.

Dispatch from Labour Conference: Ed Miliband speech - not his best but good enough

Dispatch from Labour Conference: Ed Miliband speech - not his best but good enough

Reception of the speeches of leaders at party conferences is always different according to whether one was in the room or watching on television.

Dispatch from Labour Conference: A tale of two Eds

Dispatch from Labour Conference: A tale of two Eds

Yesterday I saw Ed Balls deliver a well crafted speech that was on the whole well received (a few brief boos on retirement age rising), being high in content albeit delivered in a fairly low-key manner by his standards.

Dispatch from Labour Conference: It's (still) the economy, stupid

Dispatch from Labour Conference: It's (still) the economy, stupid

This morning the Midland Hotel is full of leading figures from the UK's PR and Public Affairs community busily preparing for the day ahead.

Lose the wingman

Lose the wingman

All PR people love working a room, right? Not always. Talk Talk's PR manager Clara Biu shares what she has learnt about how to become a more active networker (and even enjoy it).

Political party tie-ups set to continue amid uncertainty of public opinion

Political party tie-ups set to continue amid uncertainty of public opinion

General election polling suggests the era of coalitions and political uncertainty will be with us a while longer.

Leaders in communications

6 November 2014, London

Designed by leaders in comms for leaders in comms, this event offers a unique opportunity to tackle the most persistent challenges faced at the very top of communications.

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Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Advertising body ISBA appoints Helen Nassey as comms lead

Advertising body ISBA appoints Helen Nassey as comms lead

Helen Nassey has been hired by ISBA, the representative body for British advertisers, to lead comms for the organisation.

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Former Edelman Brussels director and climate change specialist Bas Batelaan has been hired by Aspect Consulting.

Cabinet Office names Alison White preferred candidate for lobbying registrar

The Cabinet Office has revealed former Royal Mail commercial director Alison White as its preferred candidate to oversee the introduction of a statutory register of lobbyists.

Hume Brophy snaps up FTI's Simon Elliott to lead international expansion

FTI MD Simon Elliott has been hired by Hume Brophy to lead its new international corporate practice.

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

The Church of England has hired Martha Linden as senior media officer after 16 years with the Press Association.