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Lobbyists asked to 'voluntarily' disclose details of meetings with ministers and officials

Lobbyists asked to 'voluntarily' disclose details of meetings with ministers and officials

Lobbyists will be asked to voluntarily disclose information on meetings they have with ministers or civil servants as part of the new lobbying register, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), which has backed the proposal.

Edelman hit by Greenpeace leak of oil pipeline strategy documents

Edelman hit by Greenpeace leak of oil pipeline strategy documents

Edelman's strategy for helping a client overcome objections in order to get an oil pipeline built in Canada has been laid bare by Greenpeace, which has leaked several documents.

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

Rhodri Williams has been named VP of communications and public affairs for EMEA at AIG.

Portland launches place branding practice under Jonathan McClory

Portland launches place branding practice under Jonathan McClory

Portland has appointed Jonathan McClory as director of its new place branding practice, which aims to help countries and governments to build a stronger global brand.

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

The cancer charity Marie Curie Cancer Care has appointed Jude Bridge as its new executive director in charge of comms and public affairs.

Greenpeace activists stage daring counter-advertising campaign against Shell

Greenpeace activists stage daring counter-advertising campaign against Shell

Greenpeace activists took their battle against Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic to a new level this morning with a daring counter-advertising campaign as bemused commuters looked on.

Porta buys PPS for £6.2m to strengthen Newgate operation

Porta buys PPS for £6.2m to strengthen Newgate operation

Infrastructure and property planning and public affairs consultancy and top 50 UK agency PPS Group is selling to David Wright's Porta Communications for £6.2m in a mixture of cash and Porta shares.

Van Morrison and FleishmanHillard EMEA boss call off legal clash

Van Morrison and FleishmanHillard EMEA boss call off legal clash

The High Court in Dublin heard how Van Morrison has written a letter to the regional president of FleishmanHillard and paid him undisclosed damages and legal costs after both sides in the dispute reached an agreement, the Press Association reported.

PLMR wins air passenger duty campaign and Sky care homes accounts

PLMR wins air passenger duty campaign and Sky care homes accounts

Political Lobbying and Media Relations (PLMR) has secured two more accounts, representing the campaign to reduce air passenger duty and working for Sky Business to promote its TV and wi-fi packages in care homes and serviced apartments.

Forced review of school's PR contract leaves PLMR mulling not-for-profit bid

Forced review of school's PR contract leaves PLMR mulling not-for-profit bid

London-based Durand Academy is inviting agencies to tender for its public affairs and communications contract, although they may have to compete with a not-for-profit bid from incumbent PLMR, whose chief executive is on the board of its governing body.

Remarkable acquires infrastructure and energy comms agency Pendragon

Remarkable acquires infrastructure and energy comms agency Pendragon

The combined firm, called Remarkable Pendragon, will have a total of 80 staff with expertise across the property, waste management, utility, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Maitland, Cake and Havas PR parent company Havas has reported overall organic growth of 6 per cent in its third quarter results.

FTI's former finance director Leigh named Bell Pottinger CFO

FTI's former finance director Leigh named Bell Pottinger CFO

Tom Leigh has been named as chief financial officer at Bell Pottinger after leaving rival FTI Consulting this summer.

Fleishman UK managing director Richard Kanareck resigns

Fleishman UK managing director Richard Kanareck resigns

FleishmanHillard's UK managing director Richard Kanareck has resigned and will leave the world's third-biggest PR network at the end of the year. He is understood not to have another role lined up.

Aileen Thompson to lead comms for pharma industry body

Aileen Thompson to lead comms for pharma industry body

Aileen Thompson, the former corporate comms director at Vodafone UK, is joining the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) as director of comms.

BBC's Mike Sergeant to join Headland

BBC's Mike Sergeant to join Headland

BBC political and business news correspondent Mike Sergeant is joining corporate and financial PR firm Headland as a client-facing director next Monday (10 November).

WPP sees PR slowdown recur with 0.1% organic revenue growth

WPP sees PR slowdown recur with 0.1% organic revenue growth

The holding company behind Burson-Marsteller and Hill+Knowlton Strategies has reported disappointing third quarter revenue growth at its PR and public affairs division.

Opinion and features

Luxury goods brands enter a brave new world

Luxury goods brands enter a brave new world

As luxury brands reach new markets globally, they must not lose sight of the unique comms hurdles ahead.

Flop of the month: UKIP tries and fails to pull off tuneful political satire

Flop of the month: UKIP tries and fails to pull off tuneful political satire

In an ill-advised attempt at humour, the party released UKIP Calypso, a song performed by former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read.

From the editor-in-chief: A manifesto for career confidence

From the editor-in-chief: A manifesto for career confidence

Perhaps the biggest frustration for any PR professional is the lack of credit that they receive for their work, their advice, even their entire careers.

From the boardroom: Tata Limited executive director David Landsman

From the boardroom: Tata Limited executive director David Landsman

The Tata corporate brand is key to holding together its myriad companies, says its executive director David Landsman.

Shooting from the whip

Shooting from the whip

Too often MPs are held accountable to party whips rather than to the electorate whose needs they should be serving.

SSE should stop the green monkey business

SSE should stop the green monkey business

Whatever else you say about power generator SSE, it is a deter­mined optimist. Its glass is resolutely 27 per cent full. But this over-the-top, logic-defying optimism has left the firm open to accusations of cynicism and greenwash.

CIPR comment: Ethical public affairs

CIPR comment: Ethical public affairs

Public affairs practitioners can uphold the highest professional standards by adhering to the CIPR Code of Conduct.

Rules, ransom and radio: Islamic State's multifarious assault on the media

Rules, ransom and radio: Islamic State's multifarious assault on the media

Islamic State is controlling both traditional and social media as it tightens its grip on parts of Syria and Iraq, finds John Owens in Beirut.

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.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Centrica appoints AXA's Richard Stephenson to interim comms role

Centrica appoints AXA's Richard Stephenson to interim comms role

Energy company Centrica has appointed Richard Stephenson, formerly director of corporate affairs at AXA UK & Ireland, to the role of interim strategic comms adviser.

Kreab Gavin Anderson makes series of executive changes

Kreab Gavin Anderson makes series of executive changes

BEIJING / HONG KONG - Walter Jennings, managing partner of Kreab Gavin Anderson Greater China for the past three years, is now a senior advisor, as the firm makes a number of executive changes including promoting Jonathan Kushner to head of Asia.

Ketchum's Rafi Mendelsohn joins mySupermarket

Ketchum's Rafi Mendelsohn joins mySupermarket

Rafi Mendelsohn has joined supermarket shopping and comparison website mySupermarket from Ketchum Communications as head of PR and marketing.

Uber sees departures in EMEA comms team

Uber sees departures in EMEA comms team

Recent departures from the regional comms team at new-generation taxi service Uber include EMEA head of comms Rachel Channing and EU head of policy Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, PRWeek understands.

Citizen brings in former Cohn & Wolfe exec Mark Cater to lead EMEA

Citizen brings in former Cohn & Wolfe exec Mark Cater to lead EMEA

Mark Cater, the former senior Cohn & Wolfe director, is joining consumer PR agency Citizen as EMEA MD with temporary responsibility for its in-flux UK operations.

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.