Weber calls in ex-Edelman lobbyist Sarah Richardson to run corporate

Written by Rod Muir on 12 April 2018 in News

Tory MP’s wife resurfaces two years after leaving Centrica.

Weber Shandwick has hired former Conservative councillor and Edelman director Sarah Richardson to run its corporate practice.

Richardson spent five years in Edelman’s public affairs team before joining Centrica as director of public affairs in 2014. She has also spent 12 years as a councillor in Westminster City Council and has been a commissioning editor on the Evening Standard

Richardson - who is married to Conservative MP and culture, media and sport select committee chair Damian Collins - takes on the new role of managing director in Weber Shandwick’s corporate practice.

She will report into UK CEO Rachel Friend and work alongside corporate, financial and public affairs chairman Jon McLeod.

“Sarah is a unique and landmark hire for Weber Shandwick,” enthused McLeod. “As well as her extensive and impressive consultancy and client track-record, Sarah comes with experience as a journalist, a non-executive director and an elected politician. It is a real coup for Weber Shandwick to have attracted talent of her calibre.”

Last month, Weber Shandwick hired Edelman’s public affairs second-in-command Anthony Marlowe in a bid to grow the firm’s lobbying practice.

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