Shandwick Welbeck newly appointed managing director Claire Davidson
has had a watery start to her new role.
Day one in her new job - she took up the reins just over two weeks ago -
saw her directing a team from the consultancy in the art of physical
crisis management as staff found the basement of the Shandwick building
submerged under several inches of water.
Located next door is exclusive women’s health club The Sanctuary, which
includes a swimming pool among its amenities - a pool which had
unfortunately started to leak.
The fire brigade were called but they could not estimate whether gallons
of water would flood through or whether there would be just a few drops
Davidson immediately dragged staff from the local pub and formed a human
The team managed to get all client records, accounts and past campaign
material out of the basement in less than one hour in case the whole
In the event, the fire brigade managed to stop the leak.
As Davidson was responsible for promoting the official Titanic movie
tour across Europe earlier this year, she was well prepared for this new
She is also angling for free membership of The Sanctuary, which has
apologised profusely for the debacle.