Portland picks partner to take over as public affairs chief
Agency shuns big-name hire and instead promotes former account manager Sam Ingleby.
Portland has put partner Sam Ingleby in charge of its UK public affairs and corporate communications teams following the departure of public affairs chief Oliver Pauley.
Earlier this year, Portland was rocked by the resignation of Pauley, its UK managing director and head of UK public affairs and corporate communications. He is understood to be launching a new agency called Bunhill.
Industry figures had expected that Portland would look for a heavyweight external replacement for Pauley.
But Portland boss Tim Allan appears to have decided against hiring a big name to head up its UK public affairs and corporate comms arms.
Instead, PAN has learned that he has promoted Ingleby who has been with the agency for over eight years and started out as an account manager. Prior to joining Portland, he worked at The Independent and the Foreign Office and was a Teach First participant.
Ingleby has recently led the agency’s work with clients including BAE Systems, O2 and Uber. He now takes the title of senior partner and head of corporate group at Portland. The 75-strong corporate group provides “integrated expertise” across corporate communications, public affairs, local, employee engagement and financial communications.
Ingleby said: "I’m delighted to be working with such a strong team and an unrivalled set of clients. The work we do has changed tremendously since I joined, with constant investment in new capabilities."
In the new post, Ingleby reports to Mark Flanagan, managing director of Portland’s corporate and health practices. Flanagan said: "The corporate team has grown significantly in terms of size and complexity in recent years. Sam has been a hugely influential member of the leadership team, and has been critical to our growth."