VOLUNTARY The family of missing toddler Madeleine McCann has brought in former BAA head of public affairs Justine McGuinness as its campaign manager. McGuinness worked at BAA from November 2005 to March 2006 before returning to environmental issues consultancy Pineapple.
CORPORATE Vodafone is to bring Derrick Ross into the new role of head of internal communications. Ross, who is currently freelancing, is a former director of comms for GE Power Controls.
CONSUMER The National Lottery Promotions Unit has chosen the Red Consultancy to raise awareness of its Good Causes project through a road show campaign. The brief was won following a four-way pitch. Geronimo Communications’ retained contract is not affected.
CONSUMER IPC Media’s Country Life magazine has taken on Four Communications, parting company with luxury specialist APR – formerly Aurelia Public Relations – after 12 years. The move follows the arrival of a new editor and a new publisher.
AGENCY FD has bought its first Latin American agency. Gravitas, based in Columbia and Panama, will become FD Gravitas and specialise in strategic and crisis comms. It has 25 staff.
CONSUMER An Arts Council campaign that gives underprivileged individuals access to musical instruments has turned to Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster for a national rollout. ‘Take it Away’ offers interest-free loans of up to £2,000 for lessons and equipment.
CONSUMER Communique PR is to position a new Manchester nightclub as the latest spot for the ‘A-list’. Ithaca opens in autumn.
AGENCY Belfast-based public affairs firm The Davidson Cockroft Partnership has acquired Northern Ireland corporate outfit Burnside PR.
CORRECTION Contrary to a story in last year’s PRWeek, Munro and Forster did not repitch for the National Childbirth Trust account.
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