Crisis management specialist Regester Larkin has axed a third of
its consultancy team.
The five redundancies are full partner Roger Miles, associate partners
Judith Luker, Peter Davis and Neil Stockley, and senior analyst Tracey
As well as suggesting the crisis PR sector is vulnerable to the economic
slowdown - it had widely been assumed to be more robust than other
specialties - the job losses represent a major drain in experience from
Roger Mills, a former head of communications at the British Bankers'
Association, specialised in internet projects and ethical risk
Judith Luker headed RL's risk analysis unit, which identified risk
issues facing organisations.
The staff departures leave ten consultants at the firm including owners
and co-founders Michael Regester and Judy Larkin.
An agency insider said the redundancies came as attempts to increase the
agency's scope, including public affairs, had not been as successful as
Regester admitted this week that the agency is now to concentrate on its
core crisis and issues management function this year.
He said: 'We took a good look at the business at the back of last year
and looked at where the income was coming from.
'The core business is crisis and issues management for the time being,
although the long-term plan is to continue to grow the business.'
Neil Stockley, a former Lib Dem director of policy and advisor to the
New Zealand Labour Party, has since re- emerged as a director at Bell
Pottinger Public Affairs.
This reunites him with BPPA managing director Peter Bingle, the former
MD of Omnicom-owned PA operation GPC.
Stockley was head of utilities at GPC before he joined RL last year.