The Boots Company is seeking to appoint a new head of corporate
affairs following the announcement this week that Tim Rycroft is to
return to Bell Pottinger.
Rycroft, who previously worked for the London-based agency six years
ago, will take up a position as senior consultant with effect from 30
His resignation follows that of Ian Wright, former Boots the Chemist
communications director, who left the company in March to join food and
drink conglomerate Diageo (PR Week, 17 March).
Martin Wakeling, Boots head of group external affairs, said that it was
likely the group would take time to review the job specification for the
position. Wakeling was however, unable to confirm further details about
a possible successor for Rycroft.
Rycroft, who joined the group in 1997, is responsible for handling
corporate affairs for its overseas medicines subsidiary Boots
International Healthcare, a division which includes a workforce of
around 2,300 staff across 23 countries.
Prior to his appointment at Boots, Rycroft was a ministerial special
adviser from 1994 to 1997, first to Jeremy Hanley, chairman of the
Conservative Party, and later to Steven Dorrell, Secretary of State for
He first worked as a consultant for Good Relations and the former Lowe
Bell Consultants, from 1990 to 1994.
Rycroft said that he had been approached by the company earlier this
year with a view to returning.
’Bell Pottinger is the best brand in the industry, and I’ve learned a
great deal in the interim - both from my time in Government and with
Boots,’ he said.
The appointment would, he said, enable him to make use of his
significant experience gained in the private sector.
Kevin Murray, Bell Pottinger managing director, said: ’With business
going from strength to strength it is essential that we continue to
build our team with the highest quality people.
’Tim Rycroft is still remembered here for his contribution several years
ago. Since leaving the company he has significantly enhanced his
experience in both the public and private sectors,’ he added.