Deloitte & Touche comms chief Westropp leaves

Top 5 UK accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche is set to lose its communications chief of 21 years when George Westropp retires at the end of the month.

Veteran PR head Westropp, the firm's partner in charge of communications, is leaving to take on a number of journalistic and PR consultancy projects.

Deloitte is not planning to directly replace him, but is carrying out a reshuffle to fill the role.

Current marketing partner David Thorley will take on the expanded remit to lead both the communications and marketing departments, a 120-strong team of which ten are dedicated PR positions.

Senior PR manager Emma Thorogood will become head of press, leading an initial team of three with plans to recruit in the new year. In January, she will be replaced by Matthew Batters, who will step up from PR manager.

'Westropp is a seasoned PR professional and knows everything about the accountancy profession, having been on Fleet Street before joining the firm,' Thorogood said. 'He's worked on some of the biggest cases and has a wealth of experience the firm will miss.'

Westropp first joined Touche Ross - which later merged to become Deloitte & Touche - as UK director of public affairs.

Prior to Deloitte, Westropp worked at the Sunday Express and Evening Standard before moving into PR, launching his own financial PR consultancy, Hemmingway PR.

In 1984, while at Deloitte, Westropp successfully ran a campaign which forced the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Law Society to lift rules banning publicity on accountancy firms.

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