LONDON—Margaret Thatcher’s former political secretary, Sir Stephen Sherbourne, is joining Interel Consulting UK as chairman. Sherbourne was previously chief of staff to Michael Howard as leader of the opposition and before that he was a director of Chime Communications and chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs. He is succeeding Andrew Dunlop, who founded the company as Politics International in 1991 and who is now leaving to pursue a portfolio career.

STOCKHOLM—GolinHarris has appointed Peter Laurelli as creative director in Sweden, a new position that supports the agency’s new g4 model, which is built around four global teams of specialists— strategists, creators, catalysts and connectors. Laurelli joins the creator community and will report to Sofia Heidenberg, managing director of the agency’s Nordic region. Prior to GolinHarris, Laurelli was a senior copywriter at Lowe Brindfors. He also held positions with advertising agencies such as 180 in Amsterdam, Jung von Matt in Hamburg, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco and Blond Swedish Amateurs.

LONDON—Bell Pottinger has appointed Claire Southeard as its new director of multimedia content, a specialist role to drive further broadcast activity across its public relations business. Southeard was previously managing director at TNR Communications. In addition, Mark Choueke has joined Bell Pottinger Group as a director. Choueke has been editor of Marketing Week for the last three years and was formerly editor of Precision Marketing, features editor of The Grocer and a correspondent on the business desk at The Sunday Telegraph.

STOCKHOLM—MSLGroup’s Nordic operation JKL Group and Nordic Brand Academy, a science-based education and advisory consultancy, are cooperating to jointly offer clients advisory services in the areas of branding and reputation.