Defra (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has hired Andrew Whyte as comms director. He joins from Arts Council England.
Hammerson, the real estate firm, has appointed Fishburn Hedges' co-head of financial practice Morgan Bone as director of corporate comms.
The Lawn Tennis Association has called in Fast Track to promote the sport and sponsor Aegon.
The UK Film Council has hired Oliver Rawlins as its head of comms. He was manager of corporate and external affairs at the BBC.
Hill & Knowlton has been appointed for the joint Belgium and Holland bid to become World Cup hosts in 2018 and 2022.
The Media Foundry's founding partners Peter Law and Veronique Rhys-Evans have left to set up Red Dog Communications.
Bombay Sapphire has hired APR Communications for consumer and trade PR.
Suzuki press and PR manager Simon Wittenberg has left the Japanese car maker to launch his agency V12 PR.
Deichmann Shoes, Europe's largest shoe retailer, has retained Van Communications as it seeks to open 400 UK stores.