News round-up: Costa Rica, Rooster and Qantas

Andaz Papagayo, a resort opening in Costa Rica in December, has appointed Perowne Charles Communications to represent it in the UK and Europe.

Costa Rica: Resort brief for Perowne Charles Communications
Costa Rica: Resort brief for Perowne Charles Communications

Jenny Scott has returned to the Bank of England as a comms adviser to new governor Mark Carney. The ex-BBC journalist was head of comms at the institution from 2008 to 2011.

Laura Tipp, a PR officer at the East of England Co-Op, has joined Ipswich-based digital agency Crafted as a senior PR consultant.

Rooster has been hired by carrier Garuda Indonesia to promote a route between Gatwick and Jakarta.

4mediarelations, the broadcast agency, has promoted client services director David Cotgreave to MD. He succeeds Edward Cyster, who becomes CEO.

Ashlea McConnell has joined Yorkshire PR agency MK Things Happen as a director after six years at law firm Irwin Mitchell.

The week in global PR

Hill + Knowlton Strategies has acquired US-based SJR Group, which creates digital content enabling marketers to build brands and cultivate audiences. H+K Strategies has also launched a Social PR lab.

Qantas, the Australian airline, has called in Fulford Public Relations to help promote its new services to Singapore and the region.

Zeno Group has appointed Cindy Romano, former group director of healthcare at W2O agency Twist Marketing, to serve as executive vice-president of health, a new role in the firm's New York office.

Siemens has appointed Michael Inacker as comms chief and Stephan Heimbach as head of government and corporate affairs.

Maine Office of Tourism has hired The Dilenschneider Group to promote it as a destination to both domestic and international audiences.

Catalyst Public Relations has appointed Valerie Tyson to lead the firm's digital team in New York. She previously ran digital agency Strategic Playground.

World Wrestling Entertainment's former CEO Linda McMahon has joined APCO Worldwide's international advisory council.

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The week in healthcare

Clinova, the healthcare specialist, has appointed Media Consulta UK to handle the promotion of its new ORS brand of oral rehydration salts. The agency will run an awareness campaign with media sampling in the health, sports and travel sectors and social media outreach in the UK with a view to support ORS' growth in the Middle East, Asia and South America.

Nobull Communications' social media division, Sociabull, has been drafted in by Day Lewis Pharmacy to increase awareness of its community via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Sociabull will also promote the company's in-store and online services, including product catalogues and prescription and medicine advice services.

The Department of Health's Francis Implementation Team deputy director Mary Agnew has started blogging about her team's work supporting the NHS in delivering consistently safe and compassionate care. She said she hoped to attract contributions from people and organisations across the healthcare system.

The public sector week

Lesley McPherson, the head of comms at the Association of British Insurers, is to join the City of Edinburgh Council as chief comms officer on 29 July. She will lead the council's comms team, covering media relations and comms with local residents and key stakeholders. McPherson has also worked for Glasgow City Council.

Orkney Council has backed video conferencing technology after using it in a virtual press conference in tandem with two other Scottish island councils, Shetland and Western Isles. Last month, each council leader video-conferenced into Edinburgh to launch a campaign for increased powers for island councils following the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has launched an annual magazine about street fundraising, About Face. It is aimed at council employees as part of plans to engage more with local authorities.

The week in the City

Grayling has promoted Rebecca Gudgeon to MD of the agency's corporate and financial practice. She has been with Grayling for 11 years and moves from her former role as business development director, replacing Mary Whenman, who is joining Weber Shandwick. Before joining Grayling in 2002, Gudgeon worked at Trimedia, Harrison Cowley, MSL Group and Ogilvy.

S.I. Partners, the boutique corporate finance and management consultancy operating in the marketing services and technology sectors, has appointed Headland to advise on comms. Recent mandates include the sale of WARL Group to Chime Communications, an MBO at Red Brick Road and the sale of a majority stake in Portland to Omnicom.

Cognito has launched a social media PR platform named Comtela that enables financial services companies to find, follow and interact with journalists on Twitter. Comtela is part of Cognito Analytics, the company's research and tech division.

The CIPR Corporate and Financial Group increased its membership to more than 600 by the end of May. The chairman of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group, Annette Spencer, provided members with an update on the group's activities at last week's annual Summer Party.

The week in lobbying

The Church of England is to support credit unions in a bid to challenge payday lenders 'through the market itself, rather than through regulation and legislation', according to its director of mission and public affairs Malcolm Brown. The support could allow credit unions to use Church buildings and encourage Anglicans with relevant skills to volunteer for them.

Jon Harrison has joined Insight Public Affairs as a senior account executive. He joins from Westminster Advisers, where he held the same role. Previously, he was an adviser in the Parliamentary Resources Unit and spent four weeks on David Cameron's election team in 2010.

Burson-Marsteller Switzerland has appointed Tim Frey as head of its public affairs practice. He replaces Gabi Badertscher, who is leaving the firm. Frey is a former general secretary of the Swiss CVP political party and lecturer at the Institute for Political Studies at the University of Zurich.

Westbourne Communications held its inaugural Change Opinion awards last week. The winners were Doreen Lawrence's 1818 campaign supporting young disadvantaged Londoners in the leadership category; Julie Bailey's Cure the NHS campaign in strategy; and the Everyday Sexism campaign in messaging.

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