Westminster begins disciplinary action
Westminster Council has started disciplinary proceedings against Graham
England, its director of external relations. England, formerly housing
director, was one of six people charged with wilful misconduct and fined
pounds 31.7 million following district auditor John Magill’s
investigation into the homes for votes scandal. England is appealing
against the judgment.
F-H takes on Microsoft work in Europe
Microsoft Europe has taken on Fleishman-Hillard to manage media
relations for its lobbying and community affairs activities. The agency
has been working on PR projects through its Paris office since June. It
replaces Ruder Finn, which lost most of its Microsoft European PR
business last month.
Percival takes Major press role
Number 10 Downing Street has confirmed Allan Percival, press secretary
to the Prince of Wales, as its new deputy press secretary. Reporting to
chief press secretary Jonathan Haslam, Percival joins John Major’s press
team on 24 July. He replaces Andrew Marre who becomes head of
information at the Department of National Heritage
In-house public affairs tops wage survey
In-house public affairs directors emerged as the highest paid in a
survey by recruitment specialist Peter Childs Associates with an average
pay package of pounds 63,000 including pounds 4,500 in bonuses. This
compares with an average salary and bonus package of pounds 59,000 for
the MDs of lobbying firms.
Meet the Editors lines up participants
Speakers from IPC, the BBC and the editors of More! and Sugar! will take
part in the IPR’s Meet the Editors programme. The series begins on 26
September with a talk by three IPC publishers and continues until
Biss Lancaster’s green light from rail firm
Biss Lancaster has been appointed by London and South Coast, the new
owner of privatised rail franchise Network SouthCentral, after pitching
against three other PR agencies. The business is thought to be worth
over pounds 100,000 in fees.
Chase Manhattan’s Walker joins Shandwick
Chase Manhattan Bank’s corporate communications vice president for
Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Julian Walker, has joined Shandwick
Consultants. Walker left his former post after a reorganisation
following the merger of Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank.
Colman Getty picks up Opportunity 2000
Opportunity 2000, the business-led scheme to get women into more top
jobs, has hired Colman Getty PR to publicise its fifth anniversary in
November. The agency was retained by Business in the Community two years
ago before the contract passed to Charles Barker. Its work ended in May.
Golley Slater to boost West of England
Pilot Software, the US-owned software provider, has ended its two year
relationship with Kinross and Render and appointed Moores Associates to
handle its pounds 40,000-fee UK PR account.
Ritchie is Star managing director
Qantas Airways ex-marketing communications manager Jane Ritchie has
resurfaced as managing director of newly formed travel PR specialist
Star PR. She left Qantas in March.