The agency, which last year hired former Downing Street head of broadcasting Caroline Preston, has appointed three new associate directors: Jenny Runnacles, a former Cohn & Wolfe associate director who was among PRWeek’s 30 under 30 in 2016; David Godfrey, an ex-Teneo Blue Rubicon associate director; and Nick Varley, who was the head of ground campaigns for official Brexit group Vote Leave.
Stonehaven has also appointed two account directors: Adam McNicholas, ex-political adviser to former shadow secretaries of state in the Labour Party; and Tom Harverson, formerly of Teneo Blue Rubicon and latterly, briefly, at Carver PR.
In addition, Charles Ogilvie, who has over a decade of experience working in policy, regulation and change management, joins as a senior policy adviser, while Rhiannon Padley, who has worked in Parliament for several Conservative MPs, becomes as account manager.
Lyburn said: "It’s an exciting time for Stonehaven and I’m thrilled to welcome our seven new hires. They bring a wealth of experience from across communications disciplines. They are clear thinkers, creative and have a track record of building effective communications campaigns. This will strengthen our current work and help us grow the firm."
Stonehaven’s clients include Heathrow Airport - the consultancy is retained to provide comms advice around its expansion campaign. Separately, the airport is currently reviewing its corporate comms and public affairs support.