The Liberal Democrats are on the hunt for a new press and
broadcasting director following the announcement of Jeremy Browne’s
departure to Edelman PR Worldwide. It leaves the party with a vacancy at
its top PR post just a year short of the next general election.
Browne joins Edelman next month as an account director in public
affairs, reporting to public affairs director Nick Archer and managing
director John Mahony.
Communications director David Walter has hired recruitment consultants
to find a successor to Browne, but is considering an appointment from
among the four existing press officers at the party’s Cowley street
Senior press officer Lissa Bradley is the next most senior member of
staff after Browne.
Browne is waiting until next month to move so he can see out the English
provincial local council elections, the by-election for the Conservative
seat of Romsey, and London’s mayor and assembly elections, all due on 4
His replacement will report through a complex upward structure to
Walter, chief whip Paul Tyler and party leader Charles Kennedy.
Browne will come in as number two in Edelman’s eight-strong lobbying
team. Mahony said he will lead the agency’s ’e-affairs’ project.
Prior to the Lib Dems, Browne worked for Alan Beith MP. He served a
brief spell at the start of his career at what was then Dewe