Whitehouse nets ex-Labour aide

The Whitehouse Consultancy has taken on former ­Labour Party official Phil Royal as second-in-command to founder and MD Chris Whitehouse.

The Whitehouse Consultancy has taken on former ­Labour Party official Phil Royal as second-in-command to founder and MD Chris Whitehouse.

He joins Whitehouse on 22 August.

Royal joins from public affairs agency Butler Kelly (formerly Grandfield Public Affairs), where he was a ­senior consultant for nine years. Before that, Royal spent six years working with the Labour Party, including acting as a candidate liaison officer during the 1997 general election.

Whitehouse said Royal was not a direct replace­ment for Helen Munro, who left the agency last month to lead Munro & Forster Communications' political and stakeholder counsel practice (PRWeek, 20 July). ‘Phil has been hired specifically to bring decades of experience of political life to a very young team,' he ­explained.

Whitehouse's clients include Holland & Barrett and Slimming World.

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