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Samaritans hires Sophie Borromeo after top comms role split

Samaritans hires Sophie Borromeo after top comms role split

The Samaritans has split its top comms role and hired Sophie Borromeo as the charity prepares to develop a new six-year strategy.

Rob Brown set for CIPR presidency as 38 nominees for council seats emerge

Rob Brown set for CIPR presidency as 38 nominees for council seats emerge

Rob Brown, managing partner of Rule 5, is set to become CIPR president-elect 2015 after being the only candidate in the running for the role when nominations closed on Monday this week.

Dance charity Akademi appoints Pavla Kopecna

Dance charity Akademi appoints Pavla Kopecna

Dance charity Akademi has called in comms support as it seeks to promote South Asian dance to a larger audience in the UK.

The expert view: is celebrity endorsement a waste of time for charities?

The expert view: is celebrity endorsement a waste of time for charities?

In the wake of claims by a group of academics that celebrity endorsement often fails to benefit the charities involved, PRWeek decided to put the issue to a panel of industry experts.

Global Tolerance leadership role shared as founder Simon Cohen steps down

Global Tolerance leadership role shared as founder Simon Cohen steps down

The ownership of Global Tolerance, an agency which has worked with the likes of the Dalai Lama and Unesco, has been split between two up-and-coming marcoms figures following a global hunt to find a successor to founder Simon Cohen.

Celebrity partnerships with charities "generally ineffective"

Celebrity partnerships with charities "generally ineffective"

Celebrities are failing to raise the profile of charitable causes they endorse, according to research carried out by British academics.

Manifest to help break down sex taboos with MTV and Durex

Manifest to help break down sex taboos with MTV and Durex

Manifest has been appointed to work on a major MTV and Durex campaign tackling the taboos of sex education across the world.

Cancer Research UK hands Blue Rubicon and Open Road general election brief

Cancer Research UK hands Blue Rubicon and Open Road general election brief

Cancer Research UK has appointed Open Road and Blue Rubicon to help share the charity's messaging and engagement ahead of the 2015 general election.

PRCA raises questions over Lobbying Act's impact on charities

PRCA raises questions over Lobbying Act's impact on charities

The PRCA has written to the Electoral Commission calling for clarity on ten "fundamental questions" it claims remain unanswered concerning the impact of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigners and PRs.

Save the Children hands Dundas Christmas Jumper Day brief

Save the Children hands Dundas Christmas Jumper Day brief

Save The Children has tasked Dundas Communications with helping it smash previous records for its Christmas Jumper Day Campaign.

Murdoch papers and PR industry welcome Matt Tee as press regulation chief

Murdoch papers and PR industry welcome Matt Tee as press regulation chief

News this morning that the former permanent secretary for government comms, Matt Tee, has been appointed as the first chief executive of the new media regulator, IPSO, has met with a mixed reaction.

British Heart Foundation hires Cancer Research UK's comms head Carolan Davidge

British Heart Foundation hires Cancer Research UK's comms head Carolan Davidge

Carolan Davidge has been hired by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to a newly created director of marketing and engagement role.

Engineering body hires Julian Francis as policy and external affairs director

Engineering body hires Julian Francis as policy and external affairs director

Julian Francis has joined the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) as director of policy and external affairs.

Opinion and features

How Samaritans' comms team works when the media focuses on a suicide

How Samaritans' comms team works when the media focuses on a suicide

I can only begin to imagine how incredibly difficult and traumatic the last week must have been for the family and friends of Robin Williams who sadly died by suicide in the early hours of Tuesday UK time. Our thoughts remain with them.

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.

The best evidence is tested on its merits

The best evidence is tested on its merits

Evidence that informs public policy must stand the test of scrutiny, whether it is from NGOs or businesses.

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

The debate about charities being 'too political' is rumbling on this week after a Conservative MP asked the Charity Commission to investigate whether an Oxfam campaign breached guidelines.

Getting in the global spotlight at the Cannes Lions festival

Getting in the global spotlight at the Cannes Lions festival

The UK's best young PR talent are bidding for global glory at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Comms Directors Survey: Are you reactive or proactive?
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Comms Directors Survey: Are you reactive or proactive?

The irresistible rise of social media, the desirability of flexible working and the gap between brand values and corporate decisions: the PRWeek/Brands2Life Comms Directors Survey highlights all this and more.

Showcase: A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

Showcase: A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

Dogs Trust and Eulogy, November 2013

The lost art of telephone sales

The lost art of telephone sales

Calling a journalist with a pitch could be a make-or-break moment for you and your client.

Cancer Research UK takes the selfie and makes it its own

Cancer Research UK takes the selfie and makes it its own

PR Week digital editor Lynsey Barber reckons that Cancer Research UK's #nomakeupselfie was one of the finest examples of bandwagon jumping she's ever witnessed.

#nomakeupselfie shows how social platforms can provide opportunities for social good

#nomakeupselfie shows how social platforms can provide opportunities for social good

Identity, self worth and the social self are key considerations when producing viral campaigns, so it's no wonder #nomakeupselfie is such a success when done for social good.

Recent people moves

Cancer Research UK to promote Laura Peters as head of PR

Cancer Research UK to promote Laura Peters as head of PR

Laura Peters will be promoted from senior PR manager to head of PR at Cancer Research UK following the departure of Nicola Dodd.

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

The Priory, the addiction clinic known for treating a string of high-profile figures, has handed former Conservative adviser Tom Muir a newly created comms role.

Former Tory council leader Merrick Cockell to chair public affairs agency Cratus

Former Tory council leader Merrick Cockell to chair public affairs agency Cratus

Sir Merrick Cockell will be joining Cratus Communications as executive chairman next month, along with Conservative MP Bob Neill and former John Laing MD Tim Grier as non-executive directors.

Betty McBride to retire after 14 years leading communications for BHF

Betty McBride to retire after 14 years leading communications for BHF

The British Heart Foundation's director of policy and communications, Betty McBride, is to retire from the charity next month.

Global Tolerance founder launches competition to lead agency

Global Tolerance founder launches competition to lead agency

Simon Cohen, the man behind Global Tolerance, an agency which has worked with clients including the Dalai Lama, has launched a global hunt for his successor.

Oxfam hires Save The Children UK's Jack Lundie to lead GB comms

Oxfam hires Save The Children UK's Jack Lundie to lead GB comms

Oxfam GB has recruited Save The Children UK's Jack Lundie to lead a newly slimmed-down comms operation.