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Senior government comms figure joins WWF-UK

Senior government comms figure joins WWF-UK

Penny Fox, one of the government's most experienced and respected comms leaders, has left the public sector and started a new job this week as director of media, PR and artists at WWF-UK.

Age UK gets frank about later life in winter campaign

Age UK gets frank about later life in winter campaign

Work highlights anxieties surrounding ageing.

National Housing Federation makes senior comms appointment

National Housing Federation makes senior comms appointment

Rhys Moore has been named executive director of public impact at the National Housing Federation (NHF).

Campaign groups make last-ditch call for voter registrations

Campaign groups make last-ditch call for voter registrations

Grassroots campaign group RegistHERtoVote is encouraging women to get out and vote, while Rize Up's campaign has targeted marginalised young people.

Watch: Greenpeace Christmas campaign reveals turkey's dirty little secret

Watch: Greenpeace Christmas campaign reveals turkey's dirty little secret

Greenpeace has launched its 'alternative' Christmas ad based on the 'comedy roast' format.

Who's behind the obscure groups funding election attack campaigns on Facebook?

Who's behind the obscure groups funding election attack campaigns on Facebook?

As the general election battle hots up, a proliferation of attack ads by obscure organisations whose names tell you little about their political leanings are targeting marginal seats in a bid to sway voters.

Creative Shootout winners launch campaign to make plastic waste a public-health issue

Creative Shootout winners launch campaign to make plastic waste a public-health issue

The winner of last years inter-agency competition, Wire, has launched a campaign to raise awareness that plastic pollution is a public-health problem.

Watch: 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' campaign

Watch: 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' campaign

Dog welfare charity Dogs Trust has launched a campaign that aims to stop puppy purchases snowballing in the run-up to Christmas.

Instagram teams up with Cybersmile for anti-bullying influencer campaign

Instagram teams up with Cybersmile for anti-bullying influencer campaign

Research found half of young people think banter crosses line into bullying.

Revealed: The industry professionals standing in the general election

Revealed: The industry professionals standing in the general election

A diverse mix of public-affairs and comms professionals, ranging from senior figures to those with relatively little experience, hope to become MPs at next month's general election.

Buyagift launches campaign for minimal-waste Christmas

Buyagift launches campaign for minimal-waste Christmas

Experience gift company Buyagift is encouraging the public to shop consciously and sustainably this Christmas to reduce the impact our festive traditions are having on the planet.

PRCA launches Schools Outreach Programme as it marks its 50th anniversary

PRCA launches Schools Outreach Programme as it marks its 50th anniversary

The PRCA has rolled out a Schools Outreach Programme in an effort to raise the profile of the industry to school leavers.

Charity Commission's comms chief to become CEO of youth foundation

Charity Commission's comms chief to become CEO of youth foundation

Sarah Atkinson, executive director for strategy, policy and communications at the Charity Commission, has been appointed chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation. She will take up her new role in January.

Opinion and features

Stop chasing your next promotion and focus on gaining experience instead

Stop chasing your next promotion and focus on gaining experience instead

Ambition is an essential trait in the development of any comms consultant; it pushes you on, keeps challenging you, and ultimately makes you a better practitioner.

The industry's diversity deficit is not the fault of recruitment agents

The industry's diversity deficit is not the fault of recruitment agents

I read Arvind Hickman's piece on 27 November - 'Recruitment agents accused of discrimination....' - with interest and, as someone who has worked in recruitment in our industry for my entire career, felt I had to respond.

We need to change the conversation around animal research

We need to change the conversation around animal research

Animal research has long been a controversial issue: the debate is emotive and highly divisive, yet it has done little to capture the public imagination in the way that other social justice movements, such as climate change and #MeToo, have managed to achieve.

'There was the very real risk of blowing all Seven Dials' Christmas lights' - Behind the Campaign with Golin's 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart'

'There was the very real risk of blowing all Seven Dials' Christmas lights' - Behind the Campaign with Golin's 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart'

PRWeek takes a close look at a successful campaign. This week Alex Wood, executive creative director at Golin, talks about disrupting Christmas shopping for a good cause in the PRWeek Award-winning 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart', for the charity Tiny Tickers.

Four ways not to do diversity comms

Four ways not to do diversity comms

At most large corporates, the idea that diversity and inclusion isn't just the right thing to do, but 'makes business sense too', has become a mantra, with 'D&I' getting dedicated channel and comms space.

PR and comms must counter the instinctive ageism in the media

PR and comms must counter the instinctive ageism in the media

The notion of a study-work-retire life pattern is becoming increasingly old-fashioned as more of us try out different careers, travel the world, or begin new relationships in our 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Three pieces of friendly comms advice for Extinction Rebellion

Three pieces of friendly comms advice for Extinction Rebellion

During the past 10 days Extinction Rebellion has taken over our capital city and conducted a sustained, high-profile, high-impact campaign, that I think few of us have ever seen in London before (apart from the last one!).

Why internal comms is as important as external in an age of purpose

Why internal comms is as important as external in an age of purpose

Why is it that internal comms is so often external comms' poor relation - the place where half-baked creativity goes to die? It makes no sense.

We are in an attention recession and only communications can rescue us

We are in an attention recession and only communications can rescue us

The faster the better, we've always been told: faster-moving queues are definitely good, faster delivery of your online purchase, even better.

My PR failures: What have they taught me?

My PR failures: What have they taught me?

Working in an industry that's often voted one of the most stressful, PR has opened me up to my share of failures, and I'm certain that there are more to come.

Recent people moves

In brief: Former W exec joins Beam, wins for Milk & Honey, Palm, Siren and Aro

In brief: Former W exec joins Beam, wins for Milk & Honey, Palm, Siren and Aro

Former W exec joins Beam, trio of wins for Siren, Scottish agencies merge, hires at Napier and Holyrood, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Milk & Honey to promote online safety, Alfred in chicken welfare brief, audio brand win for BWP

In brief: Milk & Honey to promote online safety, Alfred in chicken welfare brief, audio brand win for BWP

New hires at Stone Junction, US baby-care brand hires Battenhall, beauty tool brand appoints Known, and more from PRWeek UK.

Save the Children International comms chief to head London office of US agency

Save the Children International comms chief to head London office of US agency

Save the Children International global comms director Kirsten Walkom has left the charity to head the London office of US crisis and reputation management agency Smith & Company.

In brief: Ex-Freuds consultant joins Forces charity, We Are Social in emoji redesign brief, wins for Stand and Prohibition

In brief: Ex-Freuds consultant joins Forces charity, We Are Social in emoji redesign brief, wins for Stand and Prohibition

We Are Social in emoji redesign brief, PRWeek 30 Under 30 alumni joins youth marketing agency, wins for Stand and Prohibition, and more from PRWeek UK.

PRGN names new regional vice president for MENA

PRGN names new regional vice president for MENA

The global PR agency network has appointed Uwe Schmidt as its regional vice president for PRGN Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA).

London council appoints director of strategy and comms

London council appoints director of strategy and comms

Paul Bates, who has 20 years of experience in comms, has been named director of strategy and communications at Lambeth Council.

Mystery shrouds closure of Midlands agency Superdream

Mystery shrouds closure of Midlands agency Superdream

Staff were left shocked and the PRCA has launched an investigation into the sudden closure of Midlands communications agency Superdream.

Fledgling health agency appoints veteran freelancer to associate director job

Fledgling health agency appoints veteran freelancer to associate director job

Victoria Shillito, who has been working as a freelance communications professional for the past five years, has joined health comms agency OVID Consulting as an associate director.