Pepper leaves Heritage for Lowe Bell
Adrian Pepper, special adviser to National Heritage Secretary Virginia
Bottomley, is leaving after just five months to join Lowe Bell
Political. He is expected to take up the new job after the Conservative
Party conference in October.
Dalton quits Maureen Cropper PR
Rachel Dalton, managing director of healthcare agency Maureen Cropper
PR, has left the firm after what she described as ‘irreconcilable
disagreements’ about her role.
NatWest calls in Odgers to replace Lewis
NatWest Group has briefed headhunter Odgers to find a replacement for
Simon Lewis as director of corporate communications. Lewis leaves
NatWest on 13 September to join British Gas Energy as its first director
of corporate affairs. His responsibilities at NatWest will be
temporarily managed by assistant director Ben Woodford.
Kilkenny resigns from Larkspur board
Alan Kilkenny, currently rumoured to be the unpaid PR adviser to Camilla
Parker-Bowles, has resigned as a non-executive director of Larkspur
Communications. His ex-wife Melinda has also left the board although she
remains a shareholder.
Ludgate picks up Goldbrand account
Ludgate Communications has been hired by Goldbrand, the British Gas/HFC
Bank joint venture to launch the brand and a new credit card this year.
Appointed after a three-way pitch in July, Ludgate will target the City
and retail financial press. Sources estimate the fee at around pounds
130,000 a year.
Scottish HEB chooses Citigate
The Health Education Board for Scotland has appointed Citigate Scotland
as its first external PR consultant. Four other agencies pitched for the
12 month contract after a call for tender in July.
Marshall to manage press for ICS
Pamela Marshall, chief press officer at the Securities and Investments
Board, will join the Investors Compensation Scheme as press and investor
relations manager in October. She replaces David Cresswell, who quit the
ICS in July to become head of communications for the charity Gifts in
Inchcape seeks employee communicator
International distribution company Inchcape is seeking an employee
communications manager. Recruitment for the post coincides with Johanna
Lavender’s promotion to group PR manager.
Finsbury beats three for SIG contract
Finsbury has won the financial PR account of SIG, Europe’s largest
distributor of insulation products. Three other agencies pitched for
the business which was previously held by Binns and Co.
Spreng’s position confirmed at GA
Insurance firm General Accident has confirmed Callum Spreng’s
appointment as communications manager. He has been acting manager since
Ray Andrews left in March to set up his own consultancy. Dave Acari
becomes internal comms manager.
Prostate Cancer Charity seeks PR
The Prostate Cancer Charity is looking for a PR consultant or agency to
work on a pro bono basis. The charity was set up to fund research into
the disease and provide information and support to patients and their
families. Contact appeals director Nicky Roberts on 0171-383 8124.