Former Vote Leave PR and PRWeek 30 Under 30 alumna among seven new hires at Stonehaven

Stonehaven, the comms agency founded by Peter Lyburn, a former associate of Sir Lynton Crosby, has announced seven new hires, taking its head count to more than 20.

New to Stonehaven: Jenny Runnacles was named in PRWeek's 30 Under 30 in 2016
New to Stonehaven: Jenny Runnacles was named in PRWeek's 30 Under 30 in 2016

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.

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