Colvin quits Ludgate Laud post
Michael Colvin, Conservative MP for Romsey and Waterside, has resigned
as a non-executive director of lobbying firm Ludgate Laud. He had been
in the post for two years. A spokesman said he had resigned ‘as a result
of Nolan’s recommendations’.
Communication Group gets on track
The Communication Group has been hired by Resurgence Railways, the
preferred bidder for the Great Western passenger rail franchise.
Resurgence is headed by chartered accountant John Ansdell, formerly one
of two directors of a failed double glazing company. TCG’s brief covers
corporate and consumer PR, and public affairs should Resurgence’s bid
Lowe heads for the Scottish Office
Former head of media for the Scottish Conservative Party Jackie Lowe has
joined the Scottish Office as a special adviser to Secretary of State
Michael Forsyth. She will co-ordinate the minister’s communications
strategy with fellow adviser Gerald Warner. Lowe has been replaced by
Bill Shaw at the Conservative Party in Edinburgh.
Crisis first for Yorkshire Water’s new PR
Margaret Stewart, newly appointed corporate affairs director of
Yorkshire Water, has confirmed she will be reviewing the company’s PR
arrangements, but not before she has handled the drought problems. ‘Once
this is over, we will look at all areas of our communications strategy,’
said Stewart. ‘Our priority is crisis management.’
Senior appointments beef up Bhs team
Bhs has beefed up its in-house PR department with two senior
appointments. Hill &Knowlton account manager Hayley Lee and Superdrug PR
officer Louise Turner will join the high street retailer at the end of
this month as corporate PR manager and product PR manager respectively.
Tavistock steps into Infopress’s shoes
Hillier Parker, the property services firm, has hired Tavistock
Communications as its retained corporate PR adviser. The company has now
ended a three year relationship with Infopress and brought its press
relations work in-house (PR Week, 27 October).
Martle quits Proshare for Lansons post
Tamsin Martle, head of communications and education at Proshare for two
years, has joined Lansons Communications as an account manager.
Proshare, which promotes the concept of private share ownership, is
looking for a replacement.
Propeller takes on Oscar II promotion
The Outdoor Advertising Association has appointed Propeller Marketing
Communications to promote its Oscar II research. Described as ‘more than
an update’ of the original Oscar product, which brought measurability to
poster effectiveness, it will be launched to the advertising and
marketing community early in the new year.
Hays hires Lynx to raise national profile
Hays Distribution is looking to raise its profile with the appointment
this week of Lynx Public Relations. The warehousing and distribution
firm, which lists Waitrose among its clients, has budgeted pounds
250,000 over the next two years and ‘six-figure’ sums thereafter.
We have been asked to point out that Phil Saunders is media relations
manager at the Meat and Livestock Commission, not government relations
manager (PR Week, 17 November) and that he is not retiring from the