Major’s press secretary moves to estate agent

Sheila Gunn, John Major’s political press secretary until May, has re-emerged as PR manager at Mayfair estate agent Healey and Baker.

Sheila Gunn, John Major’s political press secretary until May, has

re-emerged as PR manager at Mayfair estate agent Healey and Baker.



Gunn worked for the Times for a decade, latterly as a lobby

correspondent, until she was recruited by Conservative Central Office

three years ago as head of press relations.



At Healey and Baker, she reports to marketing director Martin

Newman.



The firm has UK offices in the West End, the City, Glasgow and the

Channel Islands.



Healey and Baker has 47 equity partners and 1,200 staff worldwide. The

firm’s reputation is based primarily on retail property agency work,

investment advice and research.



Unlike its competitors in the first division of property consultants,

such as Chesterton, DTZ Debenham Thorpe, Jones Lang Wootton and Richard

Ellis, which have bigger regional networks of offices, Healey and Baker

mainly handles UK PR centrally from its London office in Hanover

Square.



Healey and Baker will continue to work with Lowe Bell Financial, its

City PR firm of three years.



Gunn, 49, describes her role during the six-week election campaign as

tough: ’The worst times were damage limitation, caused not by Labour but

by our own side.’



Her election campaign diary will be serialised soon in a national

newspaper, she said.



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