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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.

Government's stance on lobbying labelled "flawed" as Alison White gets the nod

Government's stance on lobbying labelled "flawed" as Alison White gets the nod

A key parliamentary committee has taken a swipe at the Government as it approves the choice of former Royal Mail commercial director Alison White to oversee the lobbying register.

Portcullis Public Affairs denies rumours of merger with Butler Kelly

Portcullis Public Affairs has begun an office-sharing arrangement with Butler Kelly but denied rumours that the two firms are merging.

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.

Flat fee proves a sticking point for proposed lobbying register regulations

Flat fee proves a sticking point for proposed lobbying register regulations

Industry bodies have voiced frustration at proposed regulations for a register of lobbyists provided for under the new Lobbying Act 2014.

Public belief in man-made climate change leaves Government "playing catch-up"

Public belief in man-made climate change leaves Government "playing catch-up"

As new polling reveals 60 per cent of voters believe in man-made climate change, a non-profit comms director has claimed the Government risks "playing catch-up" with public opinion.

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator

The former White House press secretary will start work at the network Wednesday night, analyzing the president's speech on action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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.

Chatsworth to help ACI restore "battered" reputation of financial markets

Chatsworth to help ACI restore "battered" reputation of financial markets

Global financial professional body ACI has hired Chatsworth Communications as it seeks to rebuild trust in the "battered" reputation of the markets.

Overwhelming majority of Tory MPs do not accept climate change is man made

Overwhelming majority of Tory MPs do not accept climate change is man made

Nearly three-quarters of Conservative MPs do not accept that climate change has been proven to be caused by human activity, according to a new poll.

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.

Ed Miliband hires BBC's Matthew Laza for new Labour broadcast role

Ed Miliband hires BBC's Matthew Laza for new Labour broadcast role

Labour leader Ed Miliband has hired BBC documentary-maker Matthew Laza for a new role handling broadcasting as the party seeks to avoid TV gaffes.

Cicero partners with Scottish PA and PR agency Message Matters

Cicero partners with Scottish PA and PR agency Message Matters

Message Matters, a two-year-old Edinburgh-based public affairs and PR agency founded by two former Scottish Conservative figures, has struck a partnership with international agency Cicero.

Cicero Group ties in with Let Britain Fly's conference lobbying efforts

Cicero Group ties in with Let Britain Fly's conference lobbying efforts

Cicero Group has backed efforts to expand airport capacity through sponsoring pressure group Let Britain Fly's receptions at the upcoming party conferences.

Wood Group hires Yvonne Harley to head up comms and public affairs

Wood Group hires Yvonne Harley to head up comms and public affairs

Wood Group, the energy services giant, has appointed Yvonne Harley to the position of group head of comms.

Havard Hughes launches PA division for financial services PR agency MRM

Havard Hughes launches PA division for financial services PR agency MRM

MRM, a specialist financial services agency that works for clients including John Lewis Insurance, is launching a public affairs division under former Financial Conduct Authority figure Havard Hughes.

Opinion and features

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.

The problem with climate change? It doesn't exist

The problem with climate change? It doesn't exist

The public's obsession with climate change, a common feature during much of the 1980s and 1990s, has been waning rapidly.

A compelling climate change narrative to defeat the doubters

A compelling climate change narrative to defeat the doubters

We're not failing to communicate climate change; we're failing to communicate what to do about it and to get people to buy into the necessary radical action.

The Scottish Referendum: Has the Yes vote peaked too soon?

The Scottish Referendum: Has the Yes vote peaked too soon?

"Union on a knife edge" cried the Daily Mail at the end of August as its opinion poll showed just six points between a No vote at 53 per cent and Yes at 47 per cent.

Birth of a new body

Birth of a new body

This week the CIPR introduces a new package of measures helping PR women navigate maternity leave. Board member and chair of the Professional Practices Committe Sarah Hall explains why this is so important.

BuzzFeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

BuzzFeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

Press secretaries during President Bill Clinton's administration used more evasive language than any other White House chief communicator since 1993, according to a BuzzFeed analysis.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

The major cable news networks picked up President Obama's 9 pm statement from the White House on new action in Iraq, but the Obama administration also used the full range of social media tools to get its message across.

Hit or Miss? Boris Johnson reveals he will stand for Parliament in 2015

Hit or Miss? Boris Johnson reveals he will stand for Parliament in 2015

After months of 'will he, won't he' speculation, London Mayor and potential future Conservative leader Boris Johnson has declared he will stand as an MP next year.

Review: Salmond vs Darling debate lights up Scottish independence battle

Review: Salmond vs Darling debate lights up Scottish independence battle

The Scottish independence campaign kicked off for real last night with a TV debate between First Minister Alex Salmond and former Chancellor Alistair Darling.

Newsmaker: Credibility of press regulation rests with "outsider" civil servant Matt Tee

Newsmaker: Credibility of press regulation rests with "outsider" civil servant Matt Tee

That our leading newspapers have accepted a former government PR chief to discipline and defend them speaks volumes about the tricky position they are in, but also provides another twist in Matt Tee's varied career.

Why Israel is losing the war for public opinion over Gaza

Why Israel is losing the war for public opinion over Gaza

The Gaza conflict, now into its third week, has had one distinguishing feature in the eight days.

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

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Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Jonathan Oates to head up comms for MAG's four airports

Jonathan Oates to head up comms for MAG's four airports

Jonathan Oates has joined Manchester Airports Group as director of external comms.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.

Citigroup taps Brunswick partner Lowney as corp comms head

Citigroup taps Brunswick partner Lowney as corp comms head

Citigroup has hired Brunswick Group partner Jennifer Lowney as head of corporate communications, effective early September.

Burson US CEO DenHerder to step down; Law promoted to US chief exec

Burson US CEO DenHerder to step down; Law promoted to US chief exec

Dave DenHerder, US CEO of Burson-Marsteller, will step down from his role on September 1. US president Michael Law will succeed him.

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn has expanded its public affairs team with the appointment of Downing Street press officer Ben Crosland as an associate director.

Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Several special advisers including former Hanover consultant James Wild are following their senior Conservative bosses to new departments.