Ketchum calls in Tory lobbyist Chris Martin to run public affairs
Martin becomes the second senior lobbyist to leave Hume Brophy this year.
Top corporate PR firm Ketchum has appointed Hume Brophy director Chris Martin to the newly-created position of UK public affairs director.
Martin is an experienced agency lobbyist and is also a staunch Conservative who has worked with candidates on election campaigns since the 2001 general election and supported David Cameron’s media and events team during the 2005 leadership election.
He joined Hume Brophy in 2016 and becomes the second senior lobbyist to leave the agency following the departure of managing director Robert Condon in April.
Martin has also worked for Bell Pottinger, The Communication Group and ASDA Walmart.
In the new role, Martin reports in to Jamie Robertson, managing director of Ketchum London’s corporate reputation team. A Ketchum spokesman said Martin would take a lead role in providing strategic counsel to clients and driving growth in government relations and strategic public affairs.
“At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, providing our clients with the right political insights and relationships will have a meaningful impact on their ability to navigate the unfolding regulatory landscape and realise their broader corporate ambitions,” said Robertson.
He added: “Chris’ experience of working with stakeholders across the political spectrum will further enhance our ability to deliver critical, insight-led advice and counsel. Coming off the back of a strong first half of 2018, this also underlines our ambition to offer our clients an ever-expanding range of integrated strategic communications solutions that drive reputational and organisational value over the long term.”