Newington nabs Mastermind contestant to oversee transport practice

Written by Rod Muir on 7 March 2018 in News

Former Labour adviser Christine Quigley joins Mark Glover's agency as an associate director.

Newington Communications has hired two associate directors to head up its transport and infrastructure and energy and environment teams.

The fast-growing public affairs agency has nabbed GK Strategy associate director Christine Quigley to lead the transport and infrastructure practice.  In the new post, her clients will include the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, DPD and Octopus Transport.

Before joining GK just five months ago, Quigley held senior roles at the Rail Delivery Group and Keolis UK and worked as an adviser to Labour MP Mary Creagh during her time as shadow transport secretary.

In August last year, she appeared on the BBC’s Mastermind programme with Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam novels as her specialist subject.

She performed better than any other contestants in the general knowledge round during which she correctly stated that the Schönbrunn Palace was in Vienna and she identified gin as the essential alcohol ingredient of a Singapore Sling . But she was unable say what caused Stanley Baldwin to declare a state of emergency in 1926.

Newington has also brought in Will McMyn, head of external affairs and communications at Good Energy, a wind and solar farm developer and renewable energy supplier. McMyn oversees the agency’s energy and environment team with clients including Octopus Energy and Peel Group. 

The two appointments take the headcount at Mark Glover's agency, previously called Bellenden, up to 52. Commenting on the new hires, Newington’s public affairs managing director Naomi Harris said: “I am delighted that Christine and Will, who bring with them a wealth of experience and insight, have joined us as we prepare for our next stage of growth, and I’m excited about what the next year holds for the Newington team.”

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