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Hogarth advises Darwin; RBS hires regional comms manager.

Hogarth has been advising Darwin Private Equity on its £10m acquisition of premium organic baby food business Plum Baby, which took place last week. Hogarth has advised Darwin since the firm was established three years ago.

The team was led by Hogarth MDs Nick Denton and Rachel Hirst, and associate director Ian Payne.

Plum Baby's retained corporate and consumer agency is Bondy Consulting.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group has hired Emma Hughes as regional comms manager for Wales and Borders. She will report to head of regional communications Jill Vinnicombe. Hughes joins from Gwent Police, where she was deputy head of corporate comms for five years.

The Madano Partnership has appointed Stuart Garforth as an associate. He formerly worked as global executive director of KPMG's primary mergers and acquisitions arm, and left the firm in 2008. In his new role, he will be working in the corporate practice at Madano and will help to develop the environmental comms side of the business.

At KPMG, Garforth advised clients including Nestle, Clariant and Fortis Bank.

Neil Mainland, the founder of Mainland PR, passed away last week following a long battle against cancer. The 54-year-old was a highly respected PR man and former Daily Telegraph journalist. He spent more than 22 years in financial services PR and was a director at Valin Pollen in the 1980s. He ran his own agency for ten years before selling the business to Financial Dynamics, where he worked as a partner until April 2002.

He restarted his own agency, Mainland PR, in 2002, which merged with Broadgate Mainland in 2009.

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