NS&I (National Savings and Investments) has appointed Gareth Headon, previously Eurostar's media relations manager, as its head of media and PR. Headon spent six years at Eurostar and has also worked at the Consumers' Association press office and PR agency Johnson King. He is charged with devising and implementing strategic and tactical PR programmes to communicate and promote the NS&I brand. NS&I has also promoted Gill Stephens to senior media relations manager. After two years at the firm, she will now lead the media relations team of three, reporting directly to Headon.
Regester Larkin, the specialist reputation strategy and management consultancy, has opened an office in Hong Kong. The office is the agency's first in the Asia Pacific region and will serve as a regional hub, offering the consultancy's full range of services. It will be run by managing consultant Caitlin West. West said: 'Recent crises in Asia, such as the melamine scandal, have highlighted the need for effective and swift crisis response capabilities.' Regester Larkin has existing offices in London and Abu Dhabi.
Buchanan Communications has topped the Hemscott AIM PR advisers ranking guide for Q4. The agency remains top in terms of the number of AIM-listed clients it advises, with 104 on its books. In second place is FD with 79, followed by Abchurch Communications with 64. Buchanan also tops the list for FTSE AIM 100 companies advised, followed by Citigate Dewe Rogerson and FD.
Shop Direct Group, owner of the Littlewoods home shopping retailer brand, has recruited Ann Bryon as group corporate comms director. Bryon joins from B&Q where she spent three years as director of corporate comms, responsible for comms, corporate social responsibility and public affairs. She will report to group chief executive Mark Newton-Jones.