As reported on prweek.com (14 October), the former journalist and special adviser to Gordon Brown will lead the campaign's comms team and act as a spokesman. He is expected to continue with some part-time work for H&K.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland has called in MHP Communications as its first retained PR and public affairs agency. MHP was formed last month from the integration of Mandate, Hogarth and Penrose. The agency has also hired DLA Piper Global Government Relations director Rupert Gowrley as a director, based in its health practice.
Penna, the human resources consultancy, has turned to Hanover Communications to handle public affairs business. Charles Lewington's agency was selected after a four-way competitive pitch. Penna has previously worked with Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.
All About Brands, the marketing services group chaired by Allan Biggar, has appointed former Liberal Democrat aide Paul Maloney as a senior associate in its public affairs team in Abu Dhabi.