NEWS: Agencies in scramble to scoop up IGA staff

The dust from the virtual collapse of cash for questions lobbying firm Ian Greer Associates began to settle this week.

The dust from the virtual collapse of cash for questions lobbying firm

Ian Greer Associates began to settle this week.

Former IGA UK director Jonathan Hopkins and managing director of its

Scottish operation SEIGA, Robbie MacDuff - who resigned together three

weeks ago - have both got new jobs. Hopkins as head of public affairs

at The Rowland Company and MacDuff as managing director of Westminster

Strategy’s new Scottish operation: Strategy Scotland.

Hopkins was IGA’s newest board level recruit - he joined the firm from

the National Union of Teachers just 11 months ago.

At Rowland he becomes a board director and will head up an 11-strong

public affairs team. He fills a gap left by the departure of David

Hughes, head of the agency’s public affairs division Rowland Sallingbury

Casey, and the imminent loss of RSC chairman and Conservative

parliamentary candidate John Maples.

MacDuff’s appointment as managing director of Strategy Scotland

represents Westminster Strategy’s first move into Scotland in a bid to

captialise on Labour’s plans for a Scottish Parliament.

However, the prize catch may have gone to APCO. The firm has signed up

four of the eight staff at IGA Europe in Brussels.

Managing director Brad Staples, account directors Liam McArthur and

Edward Walsh, and an account executive, are to join APCO Europe on 1

November. Staples will take the title of joint managing director with

Mark Dober.

APCO has also hired Nick Andrews from The Rowland Company, bringing its

total Brussels staff up to 15.

IGA Europe was one of the group’s more profitable operations - with an

estimated fee income of around pounds 500,000 a year. APCO president and

CEO, Margery Kraus, said Staples’ appointment was not contingent upon

his bringing his clients with him. However, it is expected many will


Kraus praised Staples’ ‘ethical stance’ and said it would be

‘unfortunate’ if there was any cloud over him as a result of the

allegations about IGA’s activities in the UK.

Meanwhile IGA founder Ian Greer said in a letter to the APPC last week

that he expected the firm to be under new ownership by the end of the

month. Adele Biss, co-founder of PR firm Biss Lancaster and former

chairman of the British Tourist Authority, is tipped as the most likely


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