News in brief

PUBLIC AFFAIRS Channel 4 has named Euro RSCG Apex Communi­cations as its retained public affairs agency. The hire comes a week after the chan­nel hired fellow Euro RSCG agency Maitland for corporate comms (21 February). See Crisis feature.

AGENCY Weber Shandwick UK head of crisis and issues management is to join Bell Pottinger in a similar role. Alex Woolfall, who worked for Enron in 2000, joins BP at the end of April.

CORPORATE The UK Offshore Operators Association director of communications Steve Harris is to join Shell Exploration & Production, Europe as comms manager in May.

CIPR CIPR members wishing for details of the trade body's recently launched Cass Business School MBA scholarships should visit the website at The deadline for applications is 31 May.

CONSUMER L'Oreal UK has lured Edelman senior account manager Liz Hayes to a new corporate communications manager role. She joins in April.

AGENCY Frank PR has hired Richard Brooks to head its fashion division. The former Giorgio Armani head of press has been tasked with pulling in catwalk brands and top-end designers.

CONSUMER Intelligent PR is to handle the UK media relations for gastropub group Geronimo Inns. The agency will support Geronimo's three-year expansion plans, branding and direct marketing.

CONSUMER Former Grocer features editor Lisa Moore has joined Cirkle as editorial director. Moore also edited The Grocer's monthly sister title Multiple Buyer & Retailer for four years.

CLARIFICATION PRWeek, 14 March described Simon Cohen as the MD of the Gallup Organisation. He is, of course, the MD of agency Global Tolerance, which is working for Gallup.

PUBLISHING BREAK PRWeek is to miss an issue over Easter. The next edition will be out on 12 April.

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