Paul Barber, corporate affairs manager with ailing international
distribution group Inchcape, has been promoted to director level.
Barber, 29, fills the vacancy left by former long-term corporate affairs
director John Duncan, who took early retirement last June.
As corporate affairs director, reporting to new group chief executive
Philip Cushing, Barber heads up Inchcape’s seven-strong London corporate
affairs team. The department covers media relations, employee
communications, investor relations, sponsorship, government relations,
community affairs and corporate hospitality.
He also has functional responsibility for an international network of
in-house corporate affairs staff and consultancies.
Barber played down his success in becoming a director before he reached
30, saying he had been in the ‘right place at the right time’ under
managers who believed in developing their staff.
Barber’s appointment coincides with that of Inchcape’s new investor
relations manager Bridget Walker, 34. Walker, who will report to Barber,
joins the corporate affairs department from Inchcape Motors
International where she was a business development manager. She replaces
Nicola Savage, who becomes business development manager in Inchcape’s
group strategy and development department.
The company is still reviewing the role of Inchcape Motors International
PR director, a position vacated in February when Peter Frater joined car
The corporate affairs appointments come at a tumultuous time for the
company. Last week chief executive Charles Mackay was replaced by Philip
Cushing, formerly managing director, after the group revealed a 92 per
cent drop in full-year profits and cut its dividend by one third.
Inchcape, which left the FTSE 100 last year after its share price
collapsed, also announced it would be floating or demerging its
insurance subsidiary Bain Hogg, and that it planned to sell its testing