Founded in 1998,
Managing director Charles Lewington, a former executive editor of the Daily Express and press secretary to John Major, is joined on the firm’s leadership team by Andrew Harrison, director and head of the healthcare practice, who was a previously a media spokesman at the Department of Health and also worked at healthcare consultancy Santé Communications; Sarah Richards, who spent seven years with Hill & Knowlton before joining hanover; and James Gurling, who joined from Hutchison Whampoa’s U.K. mobile phone company 3, where he was head of public policy and government affairs. New recruits in 2008 include the former head of communications at the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence, Louise Fish, who joined as associate director, and account director Mark Saxon, whose background in pharmaceutical PR boosts the firm’s robust healthcare offer.
The firm’s major clients include American Pharmaceutical Group, Celerant Consulting, NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Hutchison 3G and Diageo, and there was new business from over the past 12 months from Sanofi-aventis, health and social services regulator Monitor, Saga, Unilever, Alliance Medical, and Schering-Plough. Interesting assignments included the Police Federation “Fair P(l)ay” campaign, culminating in the largest police demonstration ever and a government commitment to re-instate binding arbitration for police pay; a crisis campaign to manage the media onslaught when the parents of abducted four-year-old Madeliene McCann returned to the U.K.; launching Saga Zone, named by Which? magazine as fourth best social networking site; and convincing Ofcom to review its policy to make it easier for consumers to move mobile phone numbers across networks on behalf of client 3.
Says Dr Allison Streetly, programme director for the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme: “