Railtrack public affairs head Simon Miller is returning to Hill and
Knowlton four years after leaving the agency.
Miller rejoins H&K in mid-October as a board director and number two to
Andy Pharoah in the public and corporate affairs division.
He is expected to establish a transport practice having spent an
eventful four years at the privatised railway stations and tracks
Miller joined Railtrack in January 1996 - months before the company
floated - as its first head of public affairs. He has seen the company
through the Ladbroke Grove train crash, a regulatory review and the
Government’s recent ten year plan for public transport improvement.
Pharoah has been hunting for a second senior public affairs player since
his appointment last March in succession to Edward Bickham (PR Week, 31
Miller’s return to H&K, together with that of London Chamber of Commerce
campaigns manager Sarah Eden-Jones next week, brings the staff total in
public affairs to 18. Miller noted: ’H&K is not as big a hitter in the
public affairs field as it should be. We need to build its reputation as
an agency of first choice.’
As well as new business pitches, Miller will handle a host of
unspecified clients. H&K public affairs clients include British Energy
and Direct Line.