Pharmaceutical giant Smith-Kline Beecham has dropped its public affairs
adviser Westminster Strategy.
The estimated pounds 60,000 a year contract, which ended last week after
18 months, will not be picked up by another agency, although SB said a
future appointment was ‘possible’. The company has recruited a series of
in-house public affairs executives over the last 12 months, eating into
Westminster Strategy’s remit.
The most recent addition to the team of three is Jessica Hughes as
adviser on UK government affairs, who joined from The Rowland Company’s
lobbying arm Rowland Sallingbury Casey in February. She was brought in
by SB’s director of UK government affairs Chris Strutt, former head of
UK public affairs at Rowland Sallingbury Casey, who joined last summer.
Both report to the company’s director and vice president of European
government affairs and corporate public policy, Chrissie Kimmons.
Strutt said that SmithKline Beecham’s public affairs was now almost all
‘We have grown the in-house team considerably in the last 12 months in
numbers and experience,’ he said.
However Strutt revealed that the department is re-assessing its needs
and may eventually decide that another agency is required.
But he stressed that no decision had yet been taken about that.