In brief: Bellenden and AAT hires, Sarcoma UK appoints House, maternity discrimination campaigners

Bellenden and AAT make senior hires, cancer charity Sarcoma UK appoints House to raise awareness, 'Pregnant Then Screwed' launches buddy service for women going through tribunal system and more from PRWeek UK.

Bellenden nabs CBI adviser

Bellenden has hired former CBI head of energy and climate change Matt Sheldon as an account director in its public affairs team. Sheldon was a senior adviser on transport and infrastructure at the CBI, and had previously worked for the British Council and the Chilean government’s agriculture ministry.

FleishmanHillardFishburn partners with Career Ready

FleishmanHillardFishburn has announced a partnership with the charity Career Ready UK, which helps improve access to professional jobs for teenagers from lower income households. The agency said the scheme could reach up to 600 Career Ready students in London and was part of its drive to promote social inclusion.

Pregnant Then Screwed launches tribunal buddy service

Maternity campaign organisation ‘Pregnant Then Screwed’ has launched a free tribunal mentoring service for women who have suffered maternity-related discrimination. Studies show that fewer than one per cent of women who suffer maternity discrimination take their case to a tribunal and that the introduction of fees for tribunals has decreased the number of cases further. The new service will pair up women who have suffered discrimination with women who have been through the process already. Polls of the UK PR industry, as well as anecdotal evidence, shows that the profession is losing experienced women because of poor matnernity practices.

AAT hires Phil Hall as head of public affairs 

Phil Hall has been appointed head of public affairs and public policy at the charity and qualification-awarding body the Association of Accounting Technicians. Hall previously worked on regional PR for British Gas and ran his own agency as well as having worked head of media at IFS University College.

Eddie Gershon adds Welcome Break to account list

Eddie Gershon has been appointed to look after PR for motorway services operator Welcome Break.Gershon, a former pub trade journalist, has provided PR services for the Wetherspoons pub chain, including crisis comms and corporate PR, since 1990 and is featured in PRWeek's UK Power Book.

Sarcoma UK appoints House PR

The charity Sarcoma UK has appointed House PR to drive awareness and understanding of the cancerous disease, which affects bone and soft tissue. The agency will work with the charity to raise awareness of the condition, with a particular focus on Sarcoma Awareness Week in July, as well as maximising the visibility brought about by being selected by 10 Downing Street as its charity of the year. 

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