NEWS: Maples sets date to leave Rowland

John Maples, chairman of Rowland Sallingbury Casey and prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for the Conservative Party in Stratford on Avon, is to leave the company at the end of the year to concentrate on politics.

John Maples, chairman of Rowland Sallingbury Casey and prospective

parliamentary candidate (PPC) for the Conservative Party in Stratford on

Avon, is to leave the company at the end of the year to concentrate on

politics.



Maples, who is working two days a week as chairman of RSC - the lobbying

arm of The Rowland Company - confirmed he will be going, but added:

‘It’s not settled exactly when yet - nobody knows when the election is

going to be - but I’ll leave sometime around the end of the year. We all

felt with the uncertainty over the timing of the election, it was best

to resolve it.’



Maples said he could not comment on what form his replacement would

take. ‘That is up to Marty Franken [president, Rowland Worldwide]. There

are various options - he could get a politician to do it part-time, or

he could decide he doesn’t want that and have more professional account

directors instead.’



It appears likely that Maples’ role will be merged with that of

Rowland’s UK chairman - for which the agency is currently recruiting (PR

Week, 16 August).



Maples’ departure is the latest development in what has been a turbulent

six months for RSC. David Hughes, joint managing director of Rowland

with Beverley Kaye and head of the public affairs division, went on

paternity leave last month. At the same time Kaye was confirmed as sole

MD.



Asked whether Hughes would be returning to the company, Kaye said: ‘He

may opt for another career route.’



Other staff to go include Labour PPC Stephen Twigg, now at the Fabian

Society, Jessica Hughes and Tracy Cheung, all of whom left earlier this

year. However, Kaye promised ‘a number of other appointments within the

public affairs division’.



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