Tulchan partner quits as services arm plan shelved

Maria Darby has left Tulchan Communications just a year after

joining as a partner.

Darby, who now hopes to work as a freelance comms management consultant,

left two weeks ago from the agency founded last year by ex-Brunswick

partner Andrew Grant.

Grant said: 'We talked about her launching a dedicated financial

services PR division, since that was Maria's strength, but given the

slowdown we could not justify the investment in extra people.'

Darby's most recent work for Tulchan included PR for Boots and venture

capital giant 3i. She also worked for media buying company Tempus on

WPP's £500m withdrawn acquisition offer.

She joined the firm from Barclays, where she spent 18 months as director

of media relations.

Her time there included the complex announcement of Matt Barrett's

appointment as group CEO, but she left after a PR restructure that saw

Chris Tucker land the revamped PR director post.

Prior to joining Barclays, Darby spent ten years as a founder, partner

and director of financial services PR agency Lansons Communications.

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