Colver resigns as Tory comms role

Colver resigns as Tory comms role

As PR Week went to press on Wednesday, it was announced that Tory party

director of communications Hugh Colver has resigned. Colver, who joined

Central Office from British Aerospace in May, is being replaced on a

temporary basis by Tim Collins - formerly director of communications

between 1992 and 1995. John Gardiner, private secretary to party

chairman Brian Mawhinney has also quit to become director of public

affairs at the British Field Sports Society. He is replaced by Vanessa

Ford, formerly head of news. There are three new appointments to the

press office: Ceri Evans; Sheila Gunn and Paul Hooper.

Body Shop hires two sets of PR advisers

Both sides on the board of The Body Shop plc have called in PR advisers

amid reports that founders Anita and Gordon Roddick are planning to take

the company private. Financial Dynamics is advising the board -

effectively the Roddicks - while Brunswick is advising non-executive

directors Penny Hughes and Aldo Papone, who would represent the

interests of minority shareholders in the event of a bid.

Lehman Brothers appoints Godfrey

Merchant bank Lehman Brothers has appointed John Godfrey as its

permanent head of European corporate communications. Godfrey was brought

in as a temporary consultant three months ago while the bank searched

for a replacement for Patricia Hamzahee who quit to join NatWest Markets

in July. Godfrey, who started the job this week, will co-ordinate media

relations, sponsorship and events for the bank’s offices in London,

Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Zurich and Madrid.

Key’s Davis moves to Chambers Cox

David Davis, a non-executive director at Key Communications, has left to

join Chambers Cox PR this week as a non-executive chairman. ‘I set out

with Key shareholders to achieve a number of objectives to build the

business and so, in a sense, I have worked my way out of a job,’ said


IPC promotes chief press officer

IPC Magazines has promoted its chief press officer Julie Wilson to the

post of communications manager, with responsibility for all external

communications. She will continue to head the company’s press office.

Casely goes to Aberdeenshire Council

Gordon Casely has been appointed head of communications with the new

Aberdeenshire Council. He takes up the post next month.

Terrence Higgins Trust seeks sponsors

The Terrence Higgins Trust is seeking sponsors for two World Aids Day

events: a live show featuring Lenny Henry, Harry Enfield and Eddie

Izzard called The Big Snog on November 20 and Counter Revolution:

promotional events in Virgin and Our Price stores. Call Nick Green on

0171-511 0101.

Cafe Royal picks Sugden McCluskey

The Cafe Royal has appointed Sugden McCluskey, the travel and leisure

specialist, to handle its UK PR business. The agency pitched against

three other agencies for the account.

Henshall Centre chooses Wray

The Henshall Centre has appointed the former director of PR and

advertising at the British Diabetic Association, Veronica Wray, as

senior training consultant for its PR training programmes.

BNFL wins IPR design award

BNFL has won the IPR North West Region award for the Best Use of Design

for its new corporate identity created by Lloyd Northover Citigate.

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