In brief: British Council hires interim comms director, Babel's new UK MD, Shiva Foundation hires Forster

British Council hires ex-Samaritans and UNICEF comms chief Sophie Borromeo as interim director of communications, Babel promotes Matt Humphries to UK MD, Red Marlin wins PR brief for 'inspirational' racing driver Nathalie McGloin.

The British Council hires interim comms director 

The British Council has appointed Sophie Borromeo, former director of communications at the Samaritans and head of comms at UNICEF UK, as interim director of communications. She arrives following the departure of Sao Bui-Van to work at the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. British Council director of strategy and engagement Hilary Cross said: "She will take a lead in raising our profile and the understanding of our work in the UK and explain the vital role of cultural relations in an increasingly challenging world." The British Council said it will advertise for the permanent position shortly.

Babel names new UK MD

Tech comms agency Babel has promoted Matt Humphries to UK MD. He was most recently a director of the agency’s London office, leading its new business initiatives and telecoms practice. Ian Hood, CEO and co-founder at Babel, said: "With Matt taking on responsibilities for managing the UK business, it enables Babel to pursue international ambitions."

Anti-slavery group appoints Forster Communications

The Shiva Foundation has hired Forster Communications to help promote its work to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. The agency was appointed following a competitive pitch. Meenal Sachdev, founder and director of The Shiva Foundation, said: "With [Forster’s] support we want to raise awareness of modern slavery in the UK and particularly work towards an industry-wide model to help hotels tackle this crucial human rights concern."

Red Marlin wins PR brief for ‘inspirational’ racing driver Nathalie McGloin

Automotive PR and digital agency Red Marlin has been hired to handle publicity around racing driver and speaker Nathalie McGloin, who is said to be the only female quadriplegic racing driver in the world. Danny Rughoobeer, managing director at Red Marlin, said: "She has some very exciting and ambitious race events coming up and we’re delighted that we will be working with her on these and helping her to achieve her aims."

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