Susan Cottam, head of PR and public affairs at Barclays Group, is
leaving at the end of August after eight years at the financial services
Cottam reports to group director of corporate communications Elizabeth
Wade and oversees a team of nine public affairs and PR managers. Since
joining the group as corporate PR manager in 1990, she has handled
issues including the group’s first loss in its history, in 1992, and the
sale of its merchant banking arm, BZW, last year.
Wade said: ’Susan has been very good in her role. We probably have some
potential internal candidates but I haven’t been actively looking. This
may be an opportunity to think of restructuring our PR or tweaking
Before joining Barclays, Cottam worked as PR manager for the management
consultancy practice within Coopers and Lybrand and was PR manager at
the London Business School. Cottam is currently considering her
Barclays Group covers Barclays’ financial services operations
The director of communication post within Barclays retail financial
services division is currently vacant (PR Week, 17 April).