PR News in Brief

PR news round-up (8-12 October)

Here’s a round-up of the week’s top PR news, featuring Women in PR’s Abbie Sampson on its female speaker list and senior hires at the Department for Work and Pensions and Milk & Honey.



Opinion: Why we need to break the Gender Say Gap

Abbie Sampson, director of external affairs at Energy UK and Women in PR committee member, outlines why the group has created a female speaker directory to encourage event organisers to have more women speak at events and close as the “Gender Say Gap” between men and women.


60 Seconds with the NFL's David Tossell

David Tossell, NFL director of public affairs (UK and Europe), talks about how the sport has grown in the UK and his ever-changing role ahead of the the NFL’s London fixtures.

Jemimah Steinfeld, deputy editor at Index on Censorship magazine, talks about the magazine’s recent award win, freedom of speech and how the title likes to work with PRs.

Account wins

Britvic-owned premium drinks maker WiseHead Productions has appointed Splendid Communications as its consumer PR agency.

Promote PR has announced two new client wins. The agency will provide consumer PR support to Quest Adventure Series for its Quest Wales event and raise the brand profile of skincare specialists CJ Skinhealth.

The Brandman Agency will handle global strategy and targeted media relations for luxury beach club Nikki Beach Barbados.

AI translation software provider Unbabel has appointed CommsCo as its retained PR agency in the UK, EMEA and North America.

Poochplay, the dog activity monitor and wellbeing app, has selected The PHA Group to handle its comms. The agency is tasked with raising awareness of the brand’s service, values and updates.

Entertainment and lifestyle agency KPPR will handle personal publicity for Love Island winner Dani Dyer.

Pasta brand Slendier has appointed The Lucre Group to help launch the brand across consumer media, trade and digital channels in the UK and Europe.

Real estate software solutions brand MRI Software has selected Platform Communications to manage a media and influencer relations, research and content brief to support its growth across the UK property sector.

Digital insurance broker iGO4 has appointed Triangle PR to manage its B2B and media relations brief.

Clementine Communications is to handle the launch of Neptune Rum, as well as managing a consumer and trade media campaign following the launch.

People news

Lisa Hunter has been appointed as the director of communications at the Department for Work and Pensions. Hunter will be tasked with overseeing comms around the government’s welfare reforms.

Milk & Honey PR has hired Caroline Addy as client director. Addy will join the agency later this month and boost the agency’s consumer tech offering.

Hanover Communications has appointed Matti Rantanen as an account director to its digital policy team in Brussels.

John Doe has appointed Celine Khor as head of brand experience. She will head the agency’s newly created events division.

Celine Khor

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