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Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Sagar Sharma will join the children's charity Barnardo's as director of policy and comms at the end of July, following nearly a decade and a half in Government comms.

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Aside from the PR Lions, six other shortlists have been published at Cannes today and there is a place for comms agencies on three of them.

Sky Ocean Rescue targets 'plastic' emojis in World Oceans Day campaign

Sky Ocean Rescue targets 'plastic' emojis in World Oceans Day campaign

Ahead of World Oceans Day on Friday (8 June), Sky Ocean Rescue has launched a social campaign asking the official emoji body, Unicode, to remove the plastic cup and straw emoji from its keyboard.

Charity comms lead heads back to Fleet Street in senior Mail on Sunday role

Charity comms lead heads back to Fleet Street in senior Mail on Sunday role

James Mellor (pictured), the assistant director of comms at Barnardo's, is moving back into journalism.

Public would cut ties with those who mishandle their personal data, survey finds

Public would cut ties with those who mishandle their personal data, survey finds

Three quarters of the public would end their relationship with a company or organisation which mishandled their personal data, an exclusive poll for PRWeek has found.

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman has created two brand and social purpose roles in its UK team, with the new practice represented on its executive committee.

In brief: Unlimited makes b2b acquisition, GoFundMe hires Rickman, ex-broadcaster joins agency, PRCA teams up with new MAAG

In brief: Unlimited makes b2b acquisition, GoFundMe hires Rickman, ex-broadcaster joins agency, PRCA teams up with new MAAG

First Base acquired by Unlimited, GoFundMe hires digital lead and expands Fleishman brief, Third City picks up 'Piggy wallet', and more from PRWeek UK.

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.

Social change campaigner Sue Tibballs OBE to chair Campaigns for Good Awards judging panel

Social change campaigner Sue Tibballs OBE to chair Campaigns for Good Awards judging panel

Sue Tibballs OBE, CEO of social change and campaigning support charity The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, has been named chair of the judges for the inaugural Campaigns for Good Awards from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector.

In brief: Senior hires at Newington, Gates foundation recruits UK comms lead, PHA wins charity

In brief: Senior hires at Newington, Gates foundation recruits UK comms lead, PHA wins charity

Senior hires at Newington, Gates foundation recruits UK comms lead, PHA wins charity brief and more from PRWeek UK.

Portland wins extension on Scouts brief as charity readies for brand relaunch

Portland wins extension on Scouts brief as charity readies for brand relaunch

Portland will continue its corporate comms and public affairs work for the Scout Association, after triumphing in a competitive pitch process at the end of last year.

Invictus Games calls in UK start-up Newsfeed ahead of 2018 event

Invictus Games calls in UK start-up Newsfeed ahead of 2018 event

The Invictus Games Foundation has taken on new PR support ahead of the 2018 Games later this year in Australia and the imminent announcement of the following event.

Finsbury provides pro bono support to grieving family of Swedish journalist

Finsbury provides pro bono support to grieving family of Swedish journalist

Kim Wall's accused murderer is standing trial.

Opinion and features

There's a new Cannes Lions category this year that is very GOOD

There's a new Cannes Lions category this year that is very GOOD

Did you know that there has been a plan put in place to save the world?

The duds and the Dianas of Royal Wedding brand campaigns

The duds and the Dianas of Royal Wedding brand campaigns

Plenty of brands tried to jump on the royal bandwagon ahead of the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Joe Mackay-Sinclair, co-founder of The Romans, gives his blessing to two that worked - and two that didn't.

GDPR: Risks and opportunities for the industry of the biggest shake-up of personal data in a generation

GDPR: Risks and opportunities for the industry of the biggest shake-up of personal data in a generation

There is a week to go until the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation - a beefed-up version of existing data protection laws that aims to put people in charge of their personal data, but which could also have far-reaching implications for the PR and comms industry.

Sector specialism: Short-sighted or just commercially astute?

Sector specialism: Short-sighted or just commercially astute?

It's all too easy, when working agency-side or as a part of an in-house communications team, to forget the real drivers that compel a company to engage with PR.

Sector specialism in PR and comms is a short-sighted requirement

Sector specialism in PR and comms is a short-sighted requirement

More often than not, 'sector experience' is listed as a key requirement when a company is shortlisting agencies to handle its PR.

Earning coverage: Five steps to the perfect media day

Earning coverage: Five steps to the perfect media day

Media days can become a waking nightmare for public relations practitioners if not planned correctly, but there are ways to avoid the pitfalls and ensure a successful event.

Cutting through complexity is the biggest challenge in sustainability comms

Cutting through complexity is the biggest challenge in sustainability comms

Increasingly, we're living in a world of purpose-led brands and yet; when it comes to the sustainability sector, we still struggle to apply basic communications principles.

Swift action halts brewing racism storm for Starbucks

Swift action halts brewing racism storm for Starbucks

This morning I met a colleague in a coffee shop. They were late, so I waited to order until they arrived. I asked to use the bathroom. No one lifted an eyebrow. But then I'm white.

The joys and challenges of working with your siblings

The joys and challenges of working with your siblings

Working with family can be challenging, as well as highly beneficial. To celebrate National Siblings Day today, these are my five top tips to successfully work with siblings.

In an integrated world, PR must trade on its 'secret sauce': storytelling

In an integrated world, PR must trade on its 'secret sauce': storytelling

All marketing is meeting in the middle: PR agencies are increasingly focusing on paid tactics; digital and media agencies are looking at earned media; and every man and his dog is peddling owned content.

Recent people moves

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs, and more from PRWeek UK.

London's Air Ambulance comms chief departs for freelance role

London's Air Ambulance comms chief departs for freelance role

London's Air Ambulance head of PR and comms Siobhra Murphy has left the organisation after seven years, embarking on a career as a consultant while she looks for her next big comms role.

In brief: AMEC boss Leggetter to depart, TMMG's PR division increases profit, Centrica leaver heads to Vattenfall

In brief: AMEC boss Leggetter to depart, TMMG's PR division increases profit, Centrica leaver heads to Vattenfall

AMEC boss Leggetter to depart, TMMG's PR division increases profit, Centrica leaver heads to Vattenfall, wins for Hope&Glory and LMPR and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Weber hires McDonald from Isobar, Burson EMEA COO leaves, Hotwire checks in with Hostelworld

In brief: Weber hires McDonald from Isobar, Burson EMEA COO leaves, Hotwire checks in with Hostelworld

Weber gets Isobar's McDonald, Hotwire checks in with Hostelworld, Burson COO leaves to reunite with Galbraith and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Condé Nast hires Hallie, Hanover appoints content head, public affairs lead joins Lansons, Babel brief is out of this world

In brief: Condé Nast hires Hallie, Hanover appoints content head, public affairs lead joins Lansons, Babel brief is out of this world

Condé Nast brings in Hallie, hires for Campaign Collective, PMK-BNC and Lansons, Babel brief is out of this world, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: RSPB PR lead takes flight, comms pros in press review, Contagious editor joins agency, Tatler takes PMK BNC leaver

In brief: RSPB PR lead takes flight, comms pros in press review, Contagious editor joins agency, Tatler takes PMK BNC leaver

RSPB comms head takes flight, comms pros in Government's press review, Contagious editor joins agency and more from PRWeek UK.

Frank chair Graham Goodkind goes part-time and 'plural'

Frank chair Graham Goodkind goes part-time and 'plural'

Frank chair Graham Goodkind (pictured) has confirmed he is now spending around a third of his working time on the agency, as he develops other projects - but the co-founder says "nothing has changed" in terms of the business' daily operations.

Royal Albert Hall external affairs chief follows COO in taking a bow

Royal Albert Hall external affairs chief follows COO in taking a bow

Sarah Woods, the director of external affairs at the Royal Albert Hall, will leave her role at the storied venue in the coming months.