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Information Commissioner’s Office picks ex-FCO staffer as comms chief

Information Commissioner’s Office picks ex-FCO staffer as comms chief

Angela Balakrishnan, former deputy director of comms in the geographic and thematic hub at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has been appointed director of comms at the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Celebrities parody themselves for MS Society recruitment campaign

Celebrities parody themselves for MS Society recruitment campaign

Game Of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, chef Ainsley Harriott, actors Andy Serkis and Alun Armstrong, comedian Ivo Graham and DJ Scott Mills are backing a campaign by the MS Society to recruit supporters.

Barnado's comms chief returns to public sector with London council role

Barnado's comms chief returns to public sector with London council role

Sagar Sharma has left his role as director of policy and communications at Barnardo’s to take up a new job as head of communications at Hounslow Borough Council.

Drag queen with terminal brain cancer in campaign for fairer research funding

Drag queen with terminal brain cancer in campaign for fairer research funding

A former drag performer with a brain tumour is one of the terminally ill cancer patients telling their personal stories as part of a powerful campaign calling for a fairer proportion of research funding into the disease.

Charity specialist becomes Scout Association's public affairs chief

Charity specialist becomes Scout Association's public affairs chief

Ben Sundell has been appointed as the Scout Association's first head of policy and public affairs, after leaving a similar role at the Teenage Cancer Trust.

No time to waste: environmental campaigns target G7 summit leaders

No time to waste: environmental campaigns target G7 summit leaders

NGOs, Unicef and MusicMagpie target summit of world leaders.

Exclusive: Pegasus veterans launch hybrid healthcare agency

Exclusive: Pegasus veterans launch hybrid healthcare agency

Former Pegasus heavyweights Jo Spadaccino and Stuart Hehir have today launched healthcare agency Stirred, PRWeek can reveal.

Code of conduct launched to safeguard wellbeing of comms professionals

Code of conduct launched to safeguard wellbeing of comms professionals

Allegory, Cirkle, Smarts and 23red are among the agencies backing a code of conduct, launched today, that is intended to improve the wellbeing of people working in comms and advertising.

Greenpeace wastes Boris Johnson in comedy campaign

Greenpeace wastes Boris Johnson in comedy campaign

“Wasteminster” draws attention to Greenpeace’s call for a ban on plastic waste exports.

Pandemic prompts blood cancer charity to switch to permanent 'digital-first' approach

Pandemic prompts blood cancer charity to switch to permanent 'digital-first' approach

The pandemic has inspired a fundamental overhaul of communications at blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan and now there's no going back, its comms chief has told PRWeek in an exclusive interview.

RNLI appoints new PR agency

RNLI appoints new PR agency

The PHA Group has been appointed to the comms framework of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) following a competitive pitch process, the agency announced today.

Case study: Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain fronts WRAP's food waste awareness drive

Case study: Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain fronts WRAP's food waste awareness drive

The first Food Waste Action Week has highlighted the role of food waste in climate change and targeted its messages at the demographics who waste the most.

Youth charity appoints director of public affairs

Youth charity appoints director of public affairs

Steve Haines, former policy and campaigns chief at the National Deaf Children’s Society, has joined youth charity Impetus as its director of public affairs.

Opinion and features

Diary of a volunteer RNLI Press Officer: Dramatic rescue prompts media interest

Diary of a volunteer RNLI Press Officer: Dramatic rescue prompts media interest

The third entry in our series following the journey of RNLI trainee press officer Roz Ashton, in her own words, as she continues her training and sets out in the role. Ashton has lived around the world, worked in advertising and sailed across the Atlantic.

Pings ain't what they used to be: why my agency is ignoring government advice on ‘Freedom Day’

Pings ain't what they used to be: why my agency is ignoring government advice on ‘Freedom Day’

It’s so-called “Freedom Day” today, the moment the COVID-19 rules are relaxed and there’s no longer a requirement to distance, limit numbers indoors or wear masks.

We don’t talk about infertility in the PR industry – but we must

We don’t talk about infertility in the PR industry – but we must

The first rule of infertility is you do not talk about infertility; the second rule is don’t even think about talking about infertility at work.

Gender pay disparity will not stand – listen up, or you’re the dodo

Gender pay disparity will not stand – listen up, or you’re the dodo

The findings of the Salary Guide published this week laid bare the cataclysmic impact the pandemic has had on women.

Three Lions: five lessons from the greatest piece of brand content ever written

Three Lions: five lessons from the greatest piece of brand content ever written

A quarter of a century after its release, Three Lions – and its chorus of ‘it’s coming home, it’s coming home’ – remains the beloved anthem of the England football team and its fans.

A link between contracts for agencies and their net zero plans has been made – and it’s here to stay

A link between contracts for agencies and their net zero plans has been made – and it’s here to stay

Any agency leaders who thought they didn’t need to worry about climate action will have had something of a shock last week.

Ghosted, paid late, misrepresented: the client/agency relationship is at its lowest ebb

Ghosted, paid late, misrepresented: the client/agency relationship is at its lowest ebb

There isn’t an agency out there that hasn’t had a rough ride with a client at some point, but post-pandemic (if one can even call this 'post') the tide seems to have turned toward an even tougher stance with agencies.

The ECB should have anticipated the social media storm over Ollie Robinson

The ECB should have anticipated the social media storm over Ollie Robinson

Controversy over historic tweets by England cricketers should serve as a wake-up call to the wider world that risks from social media are eminently predictable and avoiding them is now the expectation, not the exception.

A Pride campaign by a bunch of straight people? Sure, Jan

A Pride campaign by a bunch of straight people? Sure, Jan

I don't want to be 'that guy' complaining about Pride campaigns – I'm in awe of brands that get it right and I don't want to shame anyone into wanting to show support, but…

Videoconferencing has been a lifeline, not a curse, for the industry – let’s keep it

Videoconferencing has been a lifeline, not a curse, for the industry – let’s keep it

Zoom fatigue has taken its toll over the past 12 months, with the hours spent at screens straining eyes and draining hearts, but, as the world begins to open up, evidence is rapidly amassing that business as usual will look very different in the future.

Recent people moves

NHS England promotes head of media to deputy comms chief

NHS England promotes head of media to deputy comms chief

NHS England and Improvement has promoted its former head of media, James Mole, to the role of deputy director of comms, PRWeek has learned.

Teneo hires ex-Xerox CEO Ursula Burns as chairwoman

Teneo hires ex-Xerox CEO Ursula Burns as chairwoman

Teneo has appointed Ursula Burns, former chief executive of Xerox, as chairwoman in the aftermath of former CEO Declan Kelly's resignation.

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, Enero, APCO Worldwide, Finn, Good Relations and more

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, Enero, APCO Worldwide, Finn, Good Relations and more

PRWeek's round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Teneo CEO Declan Kelly resigns

Teneo CEO Declan Kelly resigns

Teneo co-founder and CEO Declan Kelly has stepped down after admitting he had behaved inappropriately at a charity event.

Whitehouse appoints Brussels veteran to lead EU affairs

Whitehouse appoints Brussels veteran to lead EU affairs

Whitehouse Communications has appointed Dr Andy Tarrant as its director of EU affairs.

Former MWWPR UK boss joins environmental charity

Former MWWPR UK boss joins environmental charity

Rebecca Blinston-Jones, former UK managing director of PR agency MWWPR, is joining environmental charity Justdiggit in the new role of UK head of marketing & PR.

Shelter hires campaigns, policy and communications director

Shelter hires campaigns, policy and communications director

Former Amnesty International marcomms director Osama Bhutta has joined Shelter to lead campaigns, policy and comms.

Tesco UK and Ireland communications director steps down

Tesco UK and Ireland communications director steps down

David Page, comms director at Tesco UK and Ireland, is leaving the UK’s biggest supermarket after three-and-a-half years