Shandwick Consultants director Gillian Pattison, who is leaving the
agency at the end of the month, is set to join City agency Tavistock
Communications as a director.
Pattison is on gardening leave from Shandwick, which asked her to go
earlier this month (PR Week, 16 January, 1998).
She is understood to be negotiating to become a partner in the City
agency, and is likely to take an equity stake in the firm if she joins.
Pattison joined Shandwick from Citigate in 1995, she was previously at
Tavistock was formed in 1991 by joint chief executives Tim Brown and
Jeremy Carey, who broke away from the financial and corporate PR firm
City and Commercial.
It is 30 per cent owned by Georgeson and Company, a US-based investor
relations specialist. Directors Brown, Carey and David Foxman own the
majority of the remaining equity.
Carey confirmed that he is in discussions with Pattison but added: ’It
would be wrong to say any more at this stage.’ Pattison declined to
Tavistock has a client list of 70, 42 of which are quoted companies.
These include Vodafone and British Steel.
It also has strengths in investor relations, financial services and
property, with clients including the Auditing Practice Board and
property firm Benchmark.
Tavistock employ 26 staff and its annual fees are around pounds 2
The deal struck with Georgeson, in 1995, has increased levels of IR