Public Affairs: The week in Lobbying

National Grid has appointed six agencies - Grayling, Camargue, Freshwater, JBP, Local Dialogue and 3G - to handle community relations around its electricity, gas and property businesses.

RWeek revealed earlier this year that the Grid was looking for several agencies. Lexington Communications has hired Emma Shepherd as a senior consultant. She joins from Weber Shandwick. RICS has promoted Mark Goodwin to be director of external affairs, covering public policy development, parliamentary affairs and external relations. He was previously special adviser to the CEO. His move follows Gillian Charlesworth's interim appointment as director of comms.

Mandate Communications has signed June Deasy as a director in its recently established Edinburgh office. She had been running her own Glasgow-based public affairs and PR firm, Deasy Communications.

Fishburn Hedges, Mandate Communications, Hanover and Portland were among the public affairs agencies that organised screening parties for the first of the televised party leaders' debates last week. Hanover teamed up with pollsters ComRes, while Fishburn called on Newsweek contributing editor Stryker McGuire and body language expert Judy Apps.

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