Portland has appointed Chris Hogwood as partner to head up the agency’s Local team.
Hogwood will report to Mark Flanagan, managing director of Portland’s corporate team. He brings in experience in local engagement and property work, having previously advised clients from a range of sectors including Westfield, Aldi, Microsoft, Meyer Homes, Key Cities, Sunderland City Council and Spen Hill.
Joining from Weber Shandwick, Hogwood most recently held a combined role of head of property and deputy head of public affairs. Before this he worked for London local government pressure group London Councils.
Flanagan said: “After another strong start to the year, I am delighted to welcome Chris to the team. He has a wealth of experience that really complements our integrated offer across Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and the agency. His network and reputation are a great addition to Portland.”
Hogwood said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Portland, an agency that continues to set the benchmark for the industry. The Local team at Portland has an excellent stable of clients and a strong track record in providing strategic advice and campaign delivery around local and regional issues.
“With the growth of the devolution agenda, new centres of power are springing up across the country. There are significant opportunities for those businesses who choose to engage – and real risks for those who don’t take care to manage their reputation at a local level.”