Verve snaps up Bell Pottinger lobbyist Walker

Local Government specialist Verve Communications has poached Bell Pottinger Public Affairs deputy managing director Tim Walker.

Walker leaves in September to become a director at Verve with a brief to develop new business and aid financial planning. ‘I have helped grow a consultancy from 12 to 28 people and doubled its turnover; I would hope Verve has at least the same growth potential,' he told PRWeek.

He was previously public affairs manager at news broadcasters CNN and Turner Broadcasting, and is a former adviser to MP Jack Cunningham.

It was during his time as a councillor at Camden Council that Walker worked with Verve MD Lorraine Langham, who was then director of comms at the north London borough.

‘We are a growing consultancy and have got to the stage where we need more capacity at the top end,' said Langham.  She formed Verve in April 2005 with business partner Tony O'Regan. The duo previously ran agency Renaissance Partners in Communication.

Verve now boasts seven full-time staff, a pool of associates and 13 staff in sister production company 20/20.

Turnover at the company is around £1m.

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