James Poole, vice-chairman of Shandwick’s corporate division, has
resigned after five years to work as an independent consultant.
At Shandwick, Poole was deputy to chief executive Richard Houghton, with
26 people working under him. His brief recently changed to working
across all sectors of the company’s business.
In his new role, Poole wants to be able to work on short-term contracts
for a number of agencies as a supplier of skills and contacts, although
he plans to work part-time for Shandwick on some international financial
’I have a number of associates in areas such as planning, research,
evaluation and reputation and crisis management,’ he said.
He is currently in negotiations with Shandwick directors to decide which
financial clients he will continue to act as a consultant for.
Major Shandwick international financial clients include Shell, Marks and
Spencer and the Halifax.