Diary: Inchcape chief spots talent at football night

The IPR’s recent Football Phenomenon evening, organised to discuss the role of PR in the big-money world of football, drew a record audience of 230 people to listen to soccer legend Gary Lineker, and almost as famous Paul Barber of Inchcape and Jo Gibbons, press officer at the Football Association.

The IPR’s recent Football Phenomenon evening, organised to discuss

the role of PR in the big-money world of football, drew a record

audience of 230 people to listen to soccer legend Gary Lineker, and

almost as famous Paul Barber of Inchcape and Jo Gibbons, press officer

at the Football Association.



Chairman for the night Barber tells me that the evening went well apart

from Lineker describing PR as a ’nice easy job’. In true Mottie style

Barber retorts: ’Although Gary’s never had any previous disciplinary

problems I was tempted to reach for my yellow card.’



Barber resisted the temptation and the panel continued to debate issues

such as England’s 2006 World Cup bid.



Word has reached me that one young PR person scored that night. Natasha

Urberbacher, one of the four candidates for the Inchcape China PR

officer post (PR Week, 13 February), was in the audience and introduced

herself to the person sitting next to her who just happened to be Steve

Clark, corporate affairs director of Inchcape Pacific.



Urberbacher was due to be interviewed by Clark for the vacancy the next

day. Oddly enough she got the job.



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