In brief: PRCA announces 2016 PR Council, Get Living London appoints Hope&Glory, Semaphore account win and Edelman Singapore hire

PRCA announces 2016 PR Council, Get Living London appoints Hope&Glory, Semaphore wins start-up Machine and Edelman hires new Singapore consumer head.

PRCA announces 2016 PR Council

The PRCA announced via a live YouTube broadcast at 10am today the results of the election for the 2016 PR Council, the think-tank of the PR industry. There have been 49 elected appointments to the PR Council, following 143 nominations, and more than 1,500 votes cast by PRCA members – both record figures, the organisation said.

The council will be made up of nine members apiece from private sector in-house teams, plus large, medium-sized and small agencies, as well as public sector, university and freelancer representatives and 2015 chair Tony Langham, CEO of Lansons.

It will be chaired by The Scout Association comms director David Hamilton, who was elected as vice-chair 12 months ago and has been serving in that role this year. He takes up the role of chair in January, succeeding Langham. A new vice-chair for 2016 will now be chosen from among the council members, and that individual will in turn become chair for 2017.

Get Living London appoints Hope&Glory

Get Living London, the property developer that owns the privately rented homes at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, has hired Hope&Glory to work on two retained PR briefs. One is to create a campaign for East Village specifically, and the other to position the company more broadly to consumers as a responsible and trusted landlord, as well as raising its profile as an expert on the capital’s rental market.

Semaphore wins start-up Machine

Semaphore is to be the strategic comms and PR partner for a tech start-up called Machine, a new software tool for creating advertising on mobiles that could be as disruptive as price comparison sites were for the insurance industry. The agency, which won the business without a pitch, will help Machine build its profile in the mobile and marketing media.

Edelman hires new Singapore consumer head

Edelman has appointed Juliette Van der Burgt as head of consumer marketing in Singapore. Van der Burgt joins from Grey Group, where she was global business director for Qatar Airways. Click to read the full story from PRWeek Asia.

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