LONDON—Fishburn Hedges has appointed Dermot Finch, chief executive of the Centre for Cities, as its new head of public affairs. He will move to Fishburn Hedges in August.
Finch has been chief executive of the Centre for Cities, a non-partisan urban policy research unit, since it was set up in 2005. Before that, he was a policy adviser at HM Treasury for 11 years, advising both Conservative and Labour Chancellors. His responsibilities there included financial services as well as holding the post of First Secretary (Economic Affairs) during a three-year posting to the British Embassy in Washington.
Simon Matthews, chief executive of Fishburn Hedges, says Finch is taking charge “at an interesting time for the agency, our clients and the country at large as we get to grips with the implications of the first coalition government for seven decades. The deficit and its implications are likely to dominate U.K. politics for the foreseeable future and it will be invaluable for our clients to have someone with Treasury experience leading public affairs at FH.”