Hill+Knowlton hires BAE lobbyist to ‘modernise’ public affairs offer
Scott Dodsworth is making a return to the agency world.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed BAE Systems head of strategic planning Scott Dodsworth to head up its public affairs team in the UK.
Dodsworth makes a return to the agency world after eight years at BAE Systems. He joined the firm in 2011 as director of parliamentary relations, having previously been a senior account manager at Fleishman-Hillard.
Hill+Knowlton has offices in more than 40 countries worldwide but has not been seen as a major player in public affairs in recent years. UK CEO Simon Whitehead suggested that the hire of Dodsworth was aimed at changing that.
“I am delighted that Scott is joining us in London to spearhead the expansion of our public affairs efforts”, he said. “With his government and strategic background in the UK and internationally, Scott will continue to redefine and modernise our public affairs offer as well as connecting it to the broader stakeholder and communications work with do with many clients in the UK.”
Whitehouse previously headed up the agency’s UK public affairs team while also running the energy and industrials practice. He was made UK CEO in November last year.
In a statement on the new job, Dodsworth said he had discovered a need for agencies to do public affairs differently.
“Working with government has shown me there is a need for a fresh approach to public affairs as part of a broader public relations offer, and that’s exactly what H+K is giving me the opportunity to do in the UK and on an international level,” he said.