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Duncan Learmouth and James Olley join Montfort Communications
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Monday, 11 May 2015 11:35

James_Olley.jpgMontfort Communications, the fast-growing strategic and financial communications agency, announces the appointment of two new senior consultants.

Duncan Learmouth joins Montfort from GlaxoSmithKline Plc, where he worked for 23 years in a variety of senior positions including global head of communications and investor relations from 2006-2010 as an executive board member. His last four years were as the senior vice president of developing countries (Africa and Southern Asia), where he oversaw a series of programmes that trebled GSK’s turnover in those regions.

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ICG recruits John Higginson to lead corporate communications practice
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 12:11

John_Higginson.jpgInsight Consulting Group (ICG) is ramping up its corporate communications offering with the hire of former lobby journalist John Higginson.

Higginson, who takes up his role as head of corporate communications later this month (May 18), has more than 15 years of experience in media. Having worked his way up from local newspapers and news agencies he has worked in the US and in Britain for The Sun, The People, Daily and Sunday Mirror, Independent, Evening Standard and Metro. As Metro's political editor, based within Parliament, his ability to explain complex situations in simple terms made him a popular political pundit on Sky News, BBC News 24, Daily Politics, Newsnight Extra, ITV Daybreak and Lorraine, Russia Today and on LBC radio.

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Taylor Bennett Foundation appoints chair of trustees
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:38

Sukhvinder.jpgThe Taylor Bennett Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs as its first chair of trustees. Established by communications executive search firm Taylor Bennett in 2008, the Foundation seeks to address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the public relations industry.

Sukhvinder is managing director of Engage – Building Networks of Trust, which supports partnerships and stakeholder engagement across the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has led a number of charities including the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Runnymede Trust where she was previously CEO, and has been chair of Volunteering England and ENAR, the European equality network that secured Article 13. She has a track record of championing young people, inclusion and social mobility.

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PRCA appoints David Gallagher FPRCA as chairman of fellows
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:55

PRCA_logo.pngThe PRCA has appointed David Gallagher FPRCA as the new chairman of fellows, its group of ‘outstanding contributors’ to the PR industry.

David, who is Ketchum’s senior partner, CEO, Europe and chairman, London, takes over the role on 25 September, on the date of the PRCA National Conference and AGM. He succeeds Richard Houghton FPRCA, who has chaired the PRCA Fellows since the group’s inception in 2010.

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Weber Shandwick hires David Skelton to lead UK public affairs
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:59

David_Skelton.jpgAn influential Conservative thinker and consultant to blue chip companies is to join Weber Shandwick to lead its UK public affairs practice in May.

David Skelton has worked at the forefront of politics, policy development and public service reform for over a decade. He has also worked extensively in the private sector and with senior politicians and decision makers.

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David Hamilton to head Scouts comms
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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:50

Screen_Shot_2014_12_16_at_19.01.14.pngUK Scouting has appointed David Hamilton as its new director of communications. Hamilton joins the organisation from Action for Children, where he has led the public relations and engagement team for nearly five years. He will form part of UK Scouting’s senior leadership team when he takes up his new post in mid May 2015.

Hamilton will oversee all of the Movement’s UK communications activities, including media relations, brand development, internal and volunteer communications. Alongside a 26-strong communications team, he will focus on executing the Scouts’ new strategic plan for 2014-18 and on showcasing the Movement’s mission to transform young lives through Scouting.

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FITCH appoints Kevin Doherty as general manager, Dubai
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Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:08

Kevin_Doherty.jpgKevin Doherty has been appointed general manager for FITCH Dubai, moving from client services director for FITCH London.

For the past seven years Doherty has overseen the account management team to ensure delivery across all client relationships in the UK and across Europe.

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Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief joins Bell Pottinger Middle East
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:40

Tim_Falconer.jpgBell Pottinger’s Middle East practice has hired experienced journalist and editor, Tim Falconer. Tim joins the international PR agency from the Wall Street Journal’s office in Dubai, where he was most recently serving as deputy bureau chief and managed a team of 12 reporters throughout the MENA region.

A global financial and commodities journalist with over 16 years’ experience, Tim previously managed the European Equity Markets team in London for Dow Jones Newswires. Before this, he ran the Energy Markets team for the Wall Street Journal, which included covering and attending OPEC meetings and writing on major oil firms like BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total.

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David Broome exits VMA Group to join Oskar Yasar Partnership
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Monday, 09 February 2015 13:56

David_Broome_Photo.jpgDavid Broome, VMA Group executive board director, founder of its internal communications practice and most recently head of its executive search team, has left VMA to join Oskar Yasar Partnership as managing partner. He will focus on establishing the partnership’s internal communications executive recruitment business and building on the continued growth of its wider corporate communications offering.

Oskar Yasar Partnership, which will change its name to Broome Yasar Partnership, was established in 2013 by former VMA Group international managing director and Citigate Dewe Rogerson consultant, Oskar Yasar. The partnership has had a is a leading boutique consultancy offering dedicated executive search and recruitment consultancy services to corporates and agencies in the UK and globally, helping to appoint some of the most talented corporate communications, agency and investor relations professionals.

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The Partners appoints chief strategy officer
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Monday, 02 February 2015 14:16

Jason_Hartley__2_.jpgBrand consultancy The Partners has appointed Jason Hartley as chief strategy officer. Jason brings a wealth of brand and agency experience to the position and will be responsible for spearheading The Partners' strategic offering across The Partners' London, New York and Singapore offices.

Jason possesses expertise from all sectors of the brand and communications industries including his work with HSBC, Unilever, Vodafone, adidas, Philips, Mattel and Heineken to name a few.

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