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Sky corporate affairs chief Catherine Hicks departs after two years

Sky corporate affairs chief Catherine Hicks departs after two years

Catherine Hicks, group corporate affairs director of Sky, is leaving the business, with a successor due to be named in the new year.

Former BoJo aide Guto Harri to leave Liberty Global at end of year

Former BoJo aide Guto Harri to leave Liberty Global at end of year

Guto Harri is leaving his role at media giant Liberty Global, two years after the former Boris Johnson aide departed News UK.

In brief: Sard recruits from Edelman, Brands2Life hires deputy MD, PRCA elects Council vice-chairman, wins for Fusion and Third City

In brief: Sard recruits from Edelman, Brands2Life hires deputy MD, PRCA elects Council vice-chairman, wins for Fusion and Third City

Sard hires Edelman's Young, Brands2Life hires Katy Stolliday as deputy MD, Third City takes off with Delta, police comms chief named PRCA Council vice-chairman and more from PRWeek UK.

A 'one-off', but not a PR, who 'did our industry a disservice': comms pros react to death of Max Clifford

A 'one-off', but not a PR, who 'did our industry a disservice': comms pros react to death of Max Clifford

PR professionals reacting to the death of Max Clifford have distanced him from the comms industry, providing scathing testimony about the former publicist who died in the middle of a prison sentence for sex offences.

Watch: Boyband Blue rebrands as Green in npower mockumentary

Watch: Boyband Blue rebrands as Green in npower mockumentary

Noughties boyband Blue has renamed itself Green in a mockumentary designed to help raise awareness of energy provider npower's 'Go Green' tariff.

RSA comms director departs in restructure after little more than a year

RSA comms director departs in restructure after little more than a year

Insurance group RSA's director of comms Alice Hunt, who reports to CEO Stephen Hester, is leaving the business as part of an internal restructure.

GCI Health confirms Jones and Kerry as joint MDs of London operation

GCI Health confirms Jones and Kerry as joint MDs of London operation

GCI Health has confirmed new hire Kath Kerry and maternity leave returner Rikki Jones as co-MDs of its London operation, the network's second hub alongside its New York HQ.

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

Olson is exiting the company after a year that included the David Dao incident and other crises.

EDF Energy seeks ad and PR firms for new digital platform Hoppy

EDF Energy seeks ad and PR firms for new digital platform Hoppy

EDF Energy is searching for agency support for Hoppy, its new digital home services platform.

Terry Savage to leave Cannes Lions after 33 years

Terry Savage to leave Cannes Lions after 33 years

Terry Savage, Cannes Lions' longtime leader, chief spokesman, and a figure many viewed as the heart and soul of the global creativity festival, will be moving on after the 2018 event ends.

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Weber Shandwick UK's MD of corporate, financial and public affairs Ben Burton is leaving the company to join Porter Novelli's Dublin office, as Ireland's capital looks to opportunities arising from Brexit.

In brief: Irish press secretary joins Edelman, Hotwire hires, German launch from Premier

In brief: Irish press secretary joins Edelman, Hotwire hires, German launch from Premier

Feargal Purcell joins Edelman Ireland, Hotwire hires corporate strategy director, Premier launches German campaign and more from PRWeek UK.

PR advisers line up as GVC puts offer on table for Ladbrokes Coral

PR advisers line up as GVC puts offer on table for Ladbrokes Coral

Tulchan is providing PR advice to Ladbrokes Coral as it becomes subject to a potential acquisition by GVC Holdings, whose PR has been provided by Buchanan since the collapse of Bell Pottinger.

WaterAid and Tin Man use empty buckets to raise awareness of child poverty

WaterAid and Tin Man use empty buckets to raise awareness of child poverty

WaterAid placed 800 empty water buckets by the River Thames earlier this week to represent the number of children who die every day due to a lack of clean water.

Stereotypically 'male' tone of voice in thought leadership 'discourages collaboration'

Stereotypically 'male' tone of voice in thought leadership 'discourages collaboration'

Businesses are "unwittingly impeding" the success of their thought-leadership content by writing in an assertive and stereotypically "male" tone of voice, new research suggests.

In brief: Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign

In brief: Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign

Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign and more from PRWeek UK

Lloyd's of London's Stewart Todd to join Santander to lead media and public policy

Lloyd's of London's Stewart Todd to join Santander to lead media and public policy

Stewart Todd will join the bank Santander UK in March as head of external comms.

England's rising football star Dele Alli hires CAA and The Sports PR Company in bid to 'maximise off-field potential'

England's rising football star Dele Alli hires CAA and The Sports PR Company in bid to 'maximise off-field potential'

Tottenham Hotspur and England national team player Dele Alli has appointed The Sports PR Company to manage his PR and CAA Sports to manage his commercial portfolio.

Cabinet Office appoints award-winning Home Office campaign specialist as new director of comms

Cabinet Office appoints award-winning Home Office campaign specialist as new director of comms

The Cabinet Office has named a Home Office veteran who has led on award-winning campaigns as its director of comms.

Future of NI public sector comms is collaborative and digital, says report

Future of NI public sector comms is collaborative and digital, says report

Public sector comms in Northern Ireland will need to adopt a collaborative approach to campaigns, working with organisations with similar objectives as teams learn to be more effective with fewer resources, according to a new report.

Analysis

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

#MoztheMonster makes smaller splash than previous John Lewis campaigns but PR pros say retailer's money 'well spent'

#MoztheMonster makes smaller splash than previous John Lewis campaigns but PR pros say retailer's money 'well spent'

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

The Queen, Trump, Bono, 'Big Business'... whose reputation is at greatest risk from Paradise Papers?

The Queen, Trump, Bono, 'Big Business'... whose reputation is at greatest risk from Paradise Papers?

Bell Pottinger saga sparks calls for global code of ethics - but are these realistic?

Bell Pottinger saga sparks calls for global code of ethics - but are these realistic?

Big budgets, bags of joy and John Lewis to retain its crown? What PR pros expect from 2017's Christmas campaigns

Big budgets, bags of joy and John Lewis to retain its crown? What PR pros expect from 2017's Christmas campaigns

Scandals won't slow down a bullish influencer economy

Scandals won't slow down a bullish influencer economy

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Conference

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Conference

New faces for 2017: All change for Government comms directors to implement new comms plan

New faces for 2017: All change for Government comms directors to implement new comms plan

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Bell Pottinger and beyond: does the PR industry have an ethical problem?

Bell Pottinger and beyond: does the PR industry have an ethical problem?

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In brief: Irvine takes MHP brand helm, Bull joins Beattie, wins for PRCO and Seymour

In brief: Irvine takes MHP brand helm, Bull joins Beattie, wins for PRCO and Seymour

Irvine succeeds Sansom at MHP brand helm, Beattie bags Bull, Chenot appoints PRCO and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Red Lorry Yellow Lorry expands, Halpern joins Mayor's charity board, PMK-BNC co-CEO to leave

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry expands, Halpern joins Mayor's charity board, PMK-BNC co-CEO to leave and more from PRWeek UK.

Nissan Europe comms chief Stuart Jackson adds brand to remit

Nissan Europe comms chief Stuart Jackson adds brand to remit

Nissan has further expanded the scope of its European communications operation, with comms chief Stuart Jackson given additional responsibility for the brand team.

Asda corporate affairs VP Charlotte Cool departs business after summer shake-up

Asda corporate affairs VP Charlotte Cool departs business after summer shake-up

Asda's vice president of corporate affairs Charlotte Cool has departed the business, following a major restructure at the supermarket.

WPP's group comms director Feona McEwan to exit

WPP's group comms director Feona McEwan to exit

McEwan has been at the firm for 30 years.

In brief: Powerscourt hires Marinker, M&C Saatchi hires 'This girl can' PR chief, Mark Smith joins Dods board, MSL's Czech in

In brief: Powerscourt hires Marinker, M&C Saatchi hires 'This girl can' PR chief, Mark Smith joins Dods board, MSL's Czech in

Powerscourt hires Steve Marinker from Maitland, M&C Saatchi appoints 'This girl can' PR chief Kate Bosomworth, Mark Smith joins Dods board and more from PRWeek UK.

Rafferty named Ketchum global CEO, becomes first woman to lead top five global PR firm

Rafferty named Ketchum global CEO, becomes first woman to lead top five global PR firm

Current global CEO and chairman, Rob Flaherty, will continue as chairman.

Uber UK signs Spurs man to lead 'community engagement' team

Uber UK signs Spurs man to lead 'community engagement' team

Adam Davison has joined Uber UK as team lead for its UK and Ireland community engagement.

In brief: JBP gets SAD for CEO, wins for Mercieca, Fox, Stand Agency and TAG

In brief: JBP gets SAD for CEO, wins for Mercieca, Fox, Stand Agency and TAG

JBP hires Anderson-Dixon as CEO, Shock win for Mercieca, Fox hired for fintech launch, and more from PRWeek UK.

Press regulator hires former Michael Howard and PCC comms man to code committee

Press regulator hires former Michael Howard and PCC comms man to code committee

Alternative press regulator Impress has appointed Jonathan Collett, a former spokesman for ex-Conservative Party leader Michael Howard, to its code committee.

Freuds director Jo Vyvyan-Robinson joins Stir as MD after founder Mellish sells stake

Freuds director Jo Vyvyan-Robinson joins Stir as MD after founder Mellish sells stake

Jo Vyvyan-Robinson (pictured) has joined Stir Public Relations as MD, with founder Alicia Mellish leaving after seven years to retrain.

Freuds hires from Wunderman for new data role and brings in director from Contagious

Freuds hires from Wunderman for new data role and brings in director from Contagious

Freuds has hired Joe Faul (pictured) from WPP digital agency Wunderman to the new role of head of data and analytics, and brought in Contagious and PepsiCo veteran Arif Haq as a director.

Remarkable hires ex-Bell Pottinger partner and former Lord Mayor as director

Remarkable hires ex-Bell Pottinger partner and former Lord Mayor as director

Public affairs and property comms agency Remarkable Group has hired former Bell Pottinger partner Steve Summers as a director.