A spokesman confirmed that Wagstaff would be leaving the agency adding that her departure had been ‘amicable’.
Wagstaff was unavailable to comment as PRWeek went to press but it is understood that she plans to start her own agency after taking a few months off in France.
Wagstaff joined College Hill in March last year after a career break from Lloyd’s of London, where she had been director of communications for four years (PRWeek, 21 March 2003).
Wagstaff joined Lloyd’s in 1998 as head of marketing, before overseeing a shake up of the insurance group’s communications under which marketing and communications were combined into one department.
As a result of the review, Wagstaff took full control of PR and hired College Hill to bolster communications after her PR team was cut from six to one (PRWeek, 11 June 1999).
College Hill remains Lloyds’s retained agency, though Wagstaff did not work on the account.
Wagstaff saw Lloyd’s through one of its most difficult periods when the company lost employees in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.