Observer journalist Ryle joins start-up Millbrook

The Observer’s former consumer business correspondent, Sarah Ryle, has taken a PR job, joining a start-up agency founded by an ex-Brunswick duo.

Ryle started work this week as a partner at The Millbrook Partnership, the company run by Tim Grey and Katya Reynier that launched just over nine months ago (PRWeek, 21 January).

Ryle left The Observer four weeks ago. She had been at the Sunday broadsheet since 1997, previously working on the business desk at sister title The Guardian. She was formerly at The Mail on Sunday and London's Evening Standard.

'I've been a journalist for 15 years and felt it was time for a change,' she said. 'There comes a point when you wonder whether there is  something else you can do with what you've learned.'

Grey said Ryle's 'forensic approach to getting to the heart of issues' would benefit clients.

He declined to name the clients of Millbrook, based just off The Strand in central London, saying: 'We advise confidentially on their corporate strategy, as well as their communications.' 

Both Grey and Reynier worked at Brunswick for around five years, before briefly joining Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial as
directors. Millbrook's other staff member is Emily Bastin, who joined in May. She is also ex-Brunswick.

Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, director of Kings College London's centre for risk management and risk communications, has also worked with Millbrook .

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