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Guardian's Katie Martin to lead campaigns and public affairs at Citizens Advice

Guardian's Katie Martin to lead campaigns and public affairs at Citizens Advice

The charity Citizens Advice has appointed Katie Martin, currently of Guardian News and Media (GNM), as its new head of news, public affairs and campaigns.

'No MP should work as a lobbyist': PRCA and APPC say rules must be tightened

'No MP should work as a lobbyist': PRCA and APPC say rules must be tightened

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards should tighten the code of conduct governing MPs to ensure that Barry Sheerman is both the first and last member to register as a consultant lobbyist.

Fleming leaves Labour PR team as Ovenden departs party for M&C Saatchi counter-terror role

Fleming leaves Labour PR team as Ovenden departs party for M&C Saatchi counter-terror role

Labour is losing lobby press officer Paul Ovenden, as acting head of press and broadcasting Neil Fleming moves to another role in the party.

Bell Pottinger's South African critic-in-chief arrives in London for PRCA hearing

Bell Pottinger's South African critic-in-chief arrives in London for PRCA hearing

Phumzile van Damme, the national spokeswoman for South Africa's second-biggest political party, has arrived in London where she will appear at the PRCA hearing into the conduct of the agency Bell Pottinger.

#TheDemocrats - extraordinary rant by Bell Pottinger partner James Chapman grabs headlines

#TheDemocrats - extraordinary rant by Bell Pottinger partner James Chapman grabs headlines

Bell Pottinger has again found itself the subject of national media attention as partner James Chapman continued to lash out at Brexit, his former boss David Davis, the media and more in a rapid series of scathing tweets.

Former Kensington Council leader Paget-Brown forms consultancy to work with local authorities

Former Kensington Council leader Paget-Brown forms consultancy to work with local authorities

Nicholas Paget-Brown, the former leader of Kensington Council, has set up a consultancy service for organisations who wish to work with local authorities.

Why Tiki decided to douse torch-wielding white supremacists

Why Tiki decided to douse torch-wielding white supremacists

Tiki Brand put out a statement this weekend condemning white supremacist marchers who had used its product. It was the second time in three months the company had to disassociate its brand from extremist groups.

Howell James steps down as Quiller boss with Chandler to take reins

Howell James steps down as Quiller boss with Chandler to take reins

Howell James is stepping down as CEO of Huntsworth-owned The Quiller Consultancy to pursue a portfolio career - as the agency shifts gear to become less Conservative and more corporate.

In brief: Freeview picks Little Red Rooster, PLMR hires ex-Tory MP, Wildfire wins Cello

Freeview picks Little Red Rooster, PLMR hires ex-Tory MP Neil Carmichael, TV maker appoints Wildfire, Zyme relocates, and more from PRWeek UK.

MP's inclusion on lobby register undermines trust in democracy, says PRCA

MP's inclusion on lobby register undermines trust in democracy, says PRCA

The inclusion of Labour MP Barry Sheerman on the statutory lobbying register undermines public trust in democracy, the PRCA's head of public affairs has argued.

APCO takes over Egypt government contract from Weber Shandwick

APCO takes over Egypt government contract from Weber Shandwick

Weber pulled out of the contract with the Egyptian government earlier this month.

In brief: New CEO at HCA, Northern Powerhouse hires, Liberty wins Netsnapper

New CEO at HCA, Northern Powerhouse hires, Liberty wins Netsnapper and more from PRWeek UK.

Brexit lobbying work is 'wasted effort' because Government 'isn't listening', says Huntsworth CEO

Brexit lobbying work is 'wasted effort' because Government 'isn't listening', says Huntsworth CEO

The boss of Grayling and Citigate owner Huntsworth says that efforts to lobby the UK Government over terms of our departure from the EU are "wasted", because Theresa May's team is "not listening to anyone".

Public Relations Institute of Ireland seeks new leader as CEO takes job with country's new Taoiseach

Public Relations Institute of Ireland seeks new leader as CEO takes job with country's new Taoiseach

John Carroll has left the Public Relations Institute of Ireland to take a role as a special adviser to the Taoiseach, the country's prime minister.

Illegal unregistered Westminster lobbying 'rare', says regulator

Illegal unregistered Westminster lobbying 'rare', says regulator

The head of the Westminster lobbying regulator says that evidence of unregistered lobbying is "rare", and that the register she maintains "can be relied upon".

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named White House press secretary

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named White House press secretary

She previously served as deputy press secretary.

Sean Spicer resigns as Anthony Scaramucci is named White House comms director

Sean Spicer resigns as Anthony Scaramucci is named White House comms director

Spicer reportedly resigned because he disagreed with Trump's choice of Scaramucci for comms director.

Opinion and features

Too toxic to touch: CEOs flee Trump council before president disbands it

Too toxic to touch: CEOs flee Trump council before president disbands it

Seven CEOs dropped out of the president's manufacturing council before he disbanded it on Wednesday, along with another board of top executives.

Better comms can reboot devolution and the Northern Powerhouse

Better comms can reboot devolution and the Northern Powerhouse

For an idea that its critics often derided as 'spin', the Northern Powerhouse is actually in need of much better PR.

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a youngsters' game? It's a question that plays on my mind - especially since becoming a mum.

The British Election Study shows how business can contribute to the Brexit debate

The British Election Study shows how business can contribute to the Brexit debate

The least surprising insight from the British Election Study (BES) was that one in three people mentioned Brexit as the most important issue facing the country at the general election.

Does having ADHD make you a PR-oblem child?

Does having ADHD make you a PR-oblem child?

ADHD is still a topic of hushed discussion amongst many and there are multiple reasons people are simply happier to avoid the chat than discuss it openly.

'Returnships' are a way to stem the haemorrhage of senior talent in PR

'Returnships' are a way to stem the haemorrhage of senior talent in PR

There is a problem with the talent supply chain, but parents returning from the 'PR Bermuda Triangle' can be the solution.

Flop of the Month: pressure cranks up on Bell Pottinger

Flop of the Month: pressure cranks up on Bell Pottinger

After months of rumours and allegations about its work with South Africa's Oakbay Investments, matters have come to a head for Bell Pottinger over recent weeks.

That was fast: Scaramucci out as White House communications director after 10 days

That was fast: Scaramucci out as White House communications director after 10 days

Scaramucci was relieved of his role at the request of new Chief of Staff John Kelly, according to several reports.

Isn't it time PRs stop beating themselves up and face up to bullies?

Isn't it time PRs stop beating themselves up and face up to bullies?

There's a much-laboured impression that journalists don't respect PR agents - that PRs are time wasters whose pitches are unprepared, unfocused and unwanted.

Cut out the clutter for content that counts

Cut out the clutter for content that counts

If you are a regular cinema-goer you are likely to be familiar with the experience of watching a film that is so overloaded with ideas, plot-lines and characters that you leave feeling exhausted.

Agency Doctor: Good leaders are made, not born

Agency Doctor: Good leaders are made, not born

You're so good at your job that you get promoted to a role beyond your experience and skills. Don't panic, though - you can learn to lead well.

PR pros react to Spicer's resignation, Scaramucci's hire

PR pros react to Spicer's resignation, Scaramucci's hire

The consensus: They're still not impressed with Spicer and are extremely wary of the new hire.

Timeline: The short, tumultuous tenure of Sean Spicer

Timeline: The short, tumultuous tenure of Sean Spicer

Spicer's short but notable tenure as White House press secretary came to an abrupt end on Friday. From Inauguration Day to Saturday Night Live, here's a timeline of his term.

Don't do 'the Maybot' - why business must be honest and direct to reconnect with society

Don't do 'the Maybot' - why business must be honest and direct to reconnect with society

The longer jargon-obsessed big business continues to sound like 'the Maybot', the greater the risk it runs of further alienating ordinary people.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Chipotle hires Laurie Schalow as first chief communications officer

Chipotle hires Laurie Schalow as first chief communications officer

Chipotle PR director Chris Arnold is reporting to Schalow.

Ex-Metro Bank comms chief Peter Murray becomes Cicero's first director of corporate affairs

Ex-Metro Bank comms chief Peter Murray becomes Cicero's first director of corporate affairs

Cicero Group has appointed former Metro Bank and Arup director Peter Murray as its first director of corporate affairs.

Weber Shandwick UK CEO Colin Byrne to go back to school, with 'no plans' to remain in PR

Weber Shandwick UK CEO Colin Byrne to go back to school, with 'no plans' to remain in PR

Colin Byrne, the UK and EMEA CEO of Weber Shandwick, has told PRWeek UK he has "no plans" to work in PR after he leaves the agency in March next year.

Stephen Day takes the helm as CEO of Burson-Marsteller UK

Stephen Day takes the helm as CEO of Burson-Marsteller UK

Stephen Day has replaced Amanda Pierce as chief executive of Burson-Marsteller's UK operations, effective immediately.

Back to university for former Supreme Court comms chief

Back to university for former Supreme Court comms chief

Ben Wilson, head of communications at the UK Supreme Court for the past five years, is to take up a new role as director of comms and public affairs at Goldsmiths, University of London.

'A great hire': Katie Perrior and others on challenges ahead for Theresa May's new comms chief

'A great hire': Katie Perrior and others on challenges ahead for Theresa May's new comms chief

Theresa May's former communications director Katie Perrior has described her successor as "a great hire", as senior PR figures who know Robbie Gibb discuss the challenges aheadgin at Number 10.