Razor appoints two senior consultants

Razor Public Relations - the agency set up by former board members of Countrywide Porter Novelli - has hired two new senior consultants in a bid to grow the business.

Public affairs specialist Sandy McLean joins the Oxford-based agency as a senior consultant. This follows three years at lobbying agency GPC as a senior consultant and director and 11 years at its parent company Fleishman-Hillard, where she worked in international comms teams providing PR and PA advice from bases in London, Washington, DC, Paris and Brussels.

Prior to that she spent time working as an assistant to various congressmen during President Jimmy Carter's US administration in the 1970s.

McLean will deal with new and existing clients, working on strategic communications consulting, public affairs support and media relations.

Matthew Willis has also joined Razor as a consultant to work on media relations. He previously spent two years as an account manager for Dublin-based tech specialist AE Consulting, and before that worked at financial services firm Sunlife of Canada.

Razor founder and director Chris Woodcock said the arrival of McLean and Willis would give Razor a ten-strong team.

Woodcock said that whereas previously Razor had concentrated on strategic communications consultancy, she hoped the arrival of McLean would boost its focus on public affairs work.

Woodcock and Debbie Parriss both left CPN to set up Razor in 1999. Parriss was managing director of CPN's 60-strong Banbury office, while Woodcock was client services director for the firm.

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