Hill & Knowlton's Fairburn moves to Regester Larkin

Hill & Knowlton has lost one of its top public affairs staffers to a rival agency.

Fairburn: ex-managing consultant
Fairburn: ex-managing consultant

Andrew Fairburn, a managing consultant on H&K's PA team, has moved to Regester Larkin, the London crisis comms outfit.

Fairburn has joined as a board director, bolstering Regester Larkin's political and public affairs team, whose client list includes BT and Thames Water.

Regester Larkin MD Andrew Griffin said Fairburn's appointment was part of an effort to expand the agency's offering.

'Crisis management remains core to Regester Larkin,' said Griffin. 'However, many clients are asking for our support on a much broader range of issues. This involves providing reputation management advice on projects as diverse as organisational restructuring and planning applications to responding to the threat of new legislation or changing social expectations on public issues such as obesity, binge drinking and climate change.'

Regester Larkin also recently appointed Rob Sherwin as director and MD of Regester Larkin Middle East. Meanwhile, the agency has promoted Claire Snowdon to the board.

- Separately, Hill & Knowlton has hired The Royal College of Nursing's government and parliamentary affairs chief, who will join the agency on 12 May.

Alison Cairns joins the agency's public affairs practice as senior consultant, working on health policy and health public affairs clients.

Cairns managed a three-strong team at the college and reported to director of comms Amanda Callaghan. Before her three-and-a-half year stint at the college, Cairns worked at Oxfam.

The college's media relations manager Rachel Dufton will assume the parliamentary responsibilities until the body decides whether to replace Cairns.

Sara Price and Corinne Pluchino, both managing consultants, have been appointed as UK board directors.

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