Powerscourt makes three strategic hires

Downing Street press officer among three Powerscourt hires

Strategic communications consultancy Powerscourt has added political intelligence specialist Matthew O’Toole, investor relations consultant Alison Watson and corporate solicitor Fran Moran to its global team.

O’Toole joins Powerscourt as a senior consultant from 10 Downing Street, where he was chief press officer for Europe and economic affairs.

His previous roles include head of economy communications at HM Treasury and senior media relations manager at HSBC Commercial Banking.

Watson is an award-winning equity analyst with 16 years’ investment banking experience, and has been appointed as a senior consultant.

Previously head of real estate equity research at Investec Bank, she was crowned last year’s top real estate stock picker in the Thomson Reuters (StarMine) Analyst Awards.

She started her equity research career on the European real estate team at UBS Investment Bank and has also been head of real estate equity research at Liberum.

Moran has been hired as a consultant in Powerscourt’s Dublin office and joins the team from corporate law firm Arthur Cox.

While specialising as an employment lawyer, Moran has advised private and publicly listed companies on M&A transactions. He also has extensive experience advising on high profile litigation, disputes and crisis management issues.

“Matthew is a key hire for Powerscourt in an increasingly complex and uncertain political environment,” said Rory Godson, Powerscourt CEO and founder. “Alison adds significant capital markets experience and strong contacts with both the sell-side and investor community.”

He added: “Finally, we’re delighted to have attracted someone of Fran’s calibre to the Powerscourt team in Dublin. His knowledge of the corporate market in Ireland, as well as a track record of first class delivery for clients on complex issues will be invaluable.”

  • Pictured: Matthew O’Toole
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