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John Lewis Partnership appoints group head of corporate affairs
The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Clayton Hirst as its group head of corporate affairs.
Hirst will take up the position on April 24 2017, joining from Virgin Media where he has served as director of external communications since 2015.
Toby Orr leaves Portland for DIT top comms role
Portland senior partner Toby Orr is leaving the consultancy for a government role as Department for International Trade (DIT) director of communications.
He will be the latest in a line of former Portland employees to secure roles in government. Those in Theresa May’s No 10 include Nick Hargrave, Tim Smith and Jessica Seldon.
Harvard makes changes to leadership team
Chime-owned tech specialist agency Harvard has announced changes to its leadership team, including the promotion of Louie St Claire to group managing director of the newly-created Harvard Group.
St Claire will report to Chime specialist group CEO Jo Parker, and will have responsibility for the Harvard PR, marketing and digital engagement divisions, as well as Chime technology.
M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment names digital lead
M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has appointed Disney’s Maker Studios’ Ellie Reed to its board as head of digital.
At Disney’s Maker Studios, Reed headed up the multi-channel network’s branded entertainment division, where she developed original content and video distribution initiatives for clients including Google, PlayStation and HP.
Former CYBG comms director launches agency
Barry Gardner, the former corporate communications and media relations director at banking group CYBG plc, has launched his own consultancy Barry Gardner Communications.
Gardner worked at holding company CYBG for six years, prior to that, he held a head of external affairs role at the National Australia Bank (NAB) Group, which also incorporates Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank in the UK.