Hanbury bolsters EU public affairs team with hires and promotions

Hanbury Strategy has hired Tom Denney, formerly of BCW and Teneo, as a partner as the firm continues to grow its public affairs practice in Brussels.

Denney (pictured) was most recently director and head of technology policy at BCW, and before that was director of strategy and communications at Teneo.

Denney will work with the head of Hanbury’s EU practice, Sander Schol, to grow the company’s digital policy and public affairs offering.

Schol said: "I’m delighted to welcome Tom, whose experience and expertise will be valued by our clients, and whose leadership will strengthen our digital offering. Our ability to attract senior hires of this quality reflects the great work of our team, and our growing reputation for providing first rate policy analysis and insight."

Hanbury Strategy was co-founded in 2016 by Paul Stephenson, ex-comms director at the Vote Leave campaign, and Ameet Gill, David Cameron’s former director of strategic comms.

The new hires and promotions have seen Hanbury grow its EU public affairs team by 50 per cent in 2022, the company said. The agency said revenue in the Brussels office is set to increase 60 per cent this year. Revenue and headcount figures have not been provided.

Also joining as associate directors earlier this autumn are Teresa Pais, former associate director at public affairs firm Political Intelligence, and Paul Alix, who joined from mobile network operator trade association the GSMA, where he was EU affairs manager.

The senior hires come amid a series of appointments at account manager level: Grace Carter has joined from Red Flag Consulting; Srikar Govindaraju joins from the market research membership organisation ESOMAR; and Giulia Barenghi brings experience from Digestive Cancers Europe and the European Parliament.

Hanbury has made a series of promotions, meanwhile.

David Garcia-Falaux, who joined in August 2021 as associate director, has become a director of the digital team. Also moving from associate director to director is Finn Meunier in the financial services arm, while Maria Elena Sandalli has been promoted from account manager to associate director after one year. Angus Robinson has also been promoted from executive to cybersecurity policy lead.

Hanbury announced a string of appointments and promotions in July, and said it was on course to increase revenue 75 per cent in 2022. More recently the agency launched a 'Labour Unit' in the UK.

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