Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Brunswick, Deliveroo, Aviva, Landsec, Montfort, Church of England and more

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Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Brunswick, Deliveroo, Aviva, Landsec, Montfort, Church of England and more

Lexington Communications has hired pharma and life sciences specialist Keith Small as an associate in its healthcare practice.

Two members of Portland’s leadership team, Nick Hargrave and Chris Hogwood, have secured senior corporate and public affairs in-house roles at Deliveroo and Landsec, respectively.

Technology PR and marketing firm Grammatik Agency has appointed Daisy Pledge as account director. She will be responsible for developing client relationships, reaching new audiences and expanding Grammatik’s portfolio. Pledge joins the senior leadership team and will support the agency's global tech clients.  

Lynda Waltho, former Labour MP and regional minister for the West Midlands, has joined Hera Communication Strategies as director of public affairs.

Brunswick partner Roya Nasser has joined the board of trustees of the Edinburgh International Festival

Edelman has hired Helga Ying as global and US chair of purpose.

Montfort Communications has appointed ex-HSBC global employee communications lead Phil Askham as a senior consultant in its Change & Employee Engagement practice.

Government comms heavyweight Simon Wren has been called out of retirement to lead comms at the Ministry of Defence until a permanent replacement for Carl Newns is appointed.

Manchester PR agency SkyParlour has made multiple hires, including two senior appointments. Former editor-in-chief of The Paypers, Adriana Screpnic, has joined SkyParlour as a senior content strategist. B2B PR expert Jenna Walker also joins, as an account director.

Hering Schuppener Consulting, which will trade as Finsbury Glover Hering from January, has expanded in Switzerland by recruiting Maya Kunz as managing director. Kunz recently worked as head of corporate communications at BlackRock in Switzerland. 

Former Southern Water comms and public affairs chief Cory Reynolds has joined Biffa, the FTSE 250-listed waste management company, in the new role of director of corporate affairs.

Barclays group head of corporate relations Stephen Doherty is stepping down after a decade at the bank to take the new role of chief brand and corporate affairs officer at insurer Aviva.

Joanne Hunt, a 30-year veteran of police comms, has been appointed head of digital and engagement for West Midlands Police.

Richard Royds, the former UK head of marketing at investment management company BlackRock, has joined corporate reputation specialist Montfort Communications.

Halma, a global group of safety technology companies, has appointed former John Lewis Partnership corporate affairs chief Clayton Hirst to the new role of director of corporate affairs.

The Church of England has appointed Mark Arena as its director of comms, following the departure of Tashi Lassalle after more than two years in the role.

Purpose-driven comms specialist Barley Communications has appointed Laura Street, previously of delivery network Collect+ and government agency Homes England, as its first head of social media. 

Square in the Air, a marcomms agency that specialises in betting, gaming and sports clients, has appointed former William Hill, PokerStars and Betfair marketer Richard Bloch as a director.

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