Chris Parr

Madano moves for Parr

3 January 2017

Strategic communications firm Madano has boosted its public affairs firepower with the hire of John Prescott's former private secretary Chris Parr.

Madano has appointed Parr as director of...

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Starbucks calls in Cavendish

22 December 2016

Starbucks has ordered in new public affairs help from Cavendish Communications after a keenly-fought competitive pitch.

The coffee giant has stopped using Finsbury for public affairs,...

Jamie Reed

Labour MP goes nuclear

21 December 2016

Labour MP Jamie Reed is to take up a senior public affairs post in the nuclear industry.

Reed is quitting parliament to become head of development and community relations at Sellafield....

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Why Brexit will fail without lobbying

23 November 2016

The image of Theresa May sitting in the bunker of No 10 with her close advisers surrounded by piles of papers working on a solution to Brexit is being allowed to take root.  But if the...


The lobbying battle over airport expansion isn't over yet

26 October 2016

The Heathrow-Gatwick battle has re-opened some old rivalries. Not just in politics, but in the world of spin and lobbying too.

Zac Goldsmith and the Liberal Democrats will now go head-to-...

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Public affairs is now a team sport

20 October 2016

What qualities make a great public affairs practitioner? It’s a standard interview question and one which I have often asked, but is there a secret ingredient?

This is the point at which...

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2016 Stakeholder Awards: Full list of winners

23 December 2016

As usual, these highly prestigious awards were decided by a heavyweight one-strong judging panel comprised of the UK’s leading public affairs journalist....

The full list of the lucky and...

Simon Francis

Lunch with... Simon Francis

1 December 2016

The week after I interviewed Mario Ambrosi over lunch, I happened to meet up with the other co-chairman of the...

Mario Ambrosi

Lunch with... Mario Ambrosi

21 November 2016

Normally, my PAN lunches in Shepherds are with agency heads. So it was a rare treat to meet up with the co-chairman of PRCA’s Not-For-Profit Group. Mario Ambrosi is also the head of policy and...