People Moving 06/04/11 – Press Relations

All the movements in the press relations industry in the past week.

Ed Milliband’s new media adviser, dubbed the Labour leader’s ‘cyber spinner’, has decided to move on to other  challenges. It is thought  Alex Smith will go to the US ahead of the elections there next year. He was previously editor of the LabourList website and and worked with Milliband during his campaign for the Labour leadership. (Soure: PR Week)

One of the BBC’s best-known sports presenters and former Daily Mail, Sun, and London Evening Standard sports editor is moving into PR. Brian Alexander is ending a 13-year broadcasting career for the City and sport consultancy Square1 Consulting. (Source: PR Week)

Cohn & Wolfe has nabbed Weber Shandwick head of European brands Rebecca Grant as its MD of UK and EMEA consumer practice. (Source: PR Week)

The Rugby Football Union has hired Ben Calveley as head of international and public affairs. He join in June from UK Sport, where he is head of corporate and international relations. (Source: PR Week)

Katie Morrison has been promoted to acting head of media at Unicef UK. She replaces Sarah Epstein, who’s on maternity leave. (Source: PR Week)

Julian Dailly is the new director of external affairs at The Royal London Society For The Blind. He joins from Interbrand. (Source: PR Week)

International construction company Mace has made Richard Holligan its PR manager. He leaves Eurostar, where he was a senior press officer. (Source: PR Week)

Redwood Consulting has appointed Steven Hilton as account director. He was previously media relations manager for the National Landlords Association. (Source: PR Week)

Lynsay Taffe has been promoted to the position of director of comms, marketing and public affairs at the Advertising Standards Authority. (Source: PR Week)

Tina McFarling is joining Premier PR as head of corporate PR. She moves from the UK Film Council, which has fallen foul of the government’s “quango bonfire”. (Source: PR Week)




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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