People moving 15/12/10 – Press Relations

Sally Sykes has been named as CIPR president for 2012, and will begin her responsibilities in January as president-elect. (Source: PR Week)

Amy Fisher has left her role as comms director at Policy Exchange to become a special adviser to environment secretary Caroline Spelman. (Source: PR Week)

Emma Newell has been promoted to the role of head of sport at Lexis Sport. She replaces Will Oscroft, who left to join Falcon and Associates. (Source: PR Week)

Adam Rutherford has joined Publicasity to head-up music, fashion and retail offerings. He joins from his role as associate director of Ketchum Pleon. (Source: PR Week)

Phil Murphy has become director of public affairs at Brands2Life. Murphy founded networking group PubAffairs, and replaces Darren Caplan. (Source: PR Week)

The National Deaf Children’s Society has hired Victoria Shooter as director of communications. She joins from Band & Brown. (Source: PR Week)

Video game website IGN has hired Will Guyatt as PR manager to drive external communications. He joins from Future publishing, where he was media relations manager. (Source: PR Week)

Simon Wren has been made director of media and communications for the Ministry of Defence. He moves from his role as head of news for the Home Office. (Source: PR Week)

Former ITV communications chief Mark Gallagher is setting up his own consultancy agency, calling it Pagefield. He is teaming up with 10 ‘heavyweights’ of the lobbying and corporate affairs industry to help. (Source: PR Week)

Up to three senior redundancies have been made at Weber Shandwick, including the departure of Matty Tong who joined as strategic planning director in 2009. No further details have been released. (Source: PR Week)

Ogilvy PR has appointed Stuart Smith as its new managing director of its global corporate practice. He joins in February, after being poached from Hill & Knowlton’s EMEA corporate practice. (Source: PR Week)

Barton Deakin, the government relations agency, has handed a senior role to Andrew Scannell. He will help open its Melbourne offices. (Source: PR Week)

The Labour party is set to announce Tom Baldwin as chief comms adviser and Bob Roberts to oversee the party leader’s media relations. Both are ex-journalists. (Source: PR Week)

Saatchi & Saatchi X has hired Dina Howell as chief executive, to replace Andy Murray, who becomes founder and chairman. Howell will start immediately. (Source: Brand Republic)

Ogilvy & Mather has promoted Jaimes Leggett to the position of managing director. Leggett will begin in January, taking over the day-to-day running of the business. (Source: Brand Republic)




“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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