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Former news journalist Anthony Barnes has been appointed director of communications for lobby group UK Music.

Barnes worked for many years as head of showbusiness, media and arts at the Press Association. He has also been arts and media correspondent at the Independent On Sunday and has held roles with Q magazine, Classic FM and Record Collector.

Drew McNeill 2Membership body for the UK real estate industry, the British Property Federation (BPF), has appointed Redwood Consulting’s Drew McNeill as PR manager.

McNeill is currently a PR account manager at Redwood Consulting, where he has worked since 2014. Prior to that, he wrote for HR Magazine, part of the Excel Media Group.


FTI Consulting has expanded its strategic communications health and life sciences team with the appointment of Con Franklin as senior director and Hanna Skeppner as director.

Franklin joins FTI following three years at MHP Communications and will lead key global corporate and brand communications clients for the company’s growing healthcare business. Skeppner joins from New York agency Joele Frank, where she managed a range of healthcare accounts including Allergan and Proctor & Gamble.

Jo Swinson 2Former junior equalities minister and Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson is working with Portland Communications to help the agency improve upon its workplace diversity.

Swinson’s request to work with Portland was approved by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments on 7 October, and was published yesterday (1 November). The letter states that the paid project will involve ‘several days’ work’.


Charles Naylor will take up the corporate communications director role at CBI (Confederation of British Industry) on 28 November. He will report to director-general Carolyn Fairbairn and will join the CBI Executive Committee.

Naylor has led corporate affairs strategies for firms in a number of sectors including, most recently, in a co-head of global communications role at HSBC. Prior to that, he held the chief communications officer role at Credit Suisse. He has also worked for Centrica, Hess and Shell.


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