MHP appoints new heads of Corporate and Public Affairs


MHP Communications today announces the appointment of Andy Bloxham as the new head of its Corporate practice, and Jamie Lyons and James Gurling as joint heads of Public Affairs.

Bloxham joins from Bell Pottinger where he was a founding partner of the award-winning, 60-strong Engage team, and ran campaigns for clients including HSBC, Sky and the United Nations. He started his career in journalism and was on the news desk of the Daily Telegraph before he moved into strategic communications.

Jamie Lyons also joins from Bell Pottinger where he was a partner and Deputy Managing Director of Bell Pottinger Political, specialising in campaigning and advising clients such as Centrica, TSB, TalkTalk and Waitrose. He spent the first 15 years of his career in journalism, including six years as Deputy Political Editor of The News of the World. He will lead the lead the award-winning practice alongside current MHP Managing Director, James Gurling.

The appointments are part of a drive by CEO Alex Bigg to better define MHP’s offering and strengthen its position in the market.

They reflect his ambition for the agency, having recently hired Nick Barron from Edelman as MHP Deputy CEO and Mike Robb from Cicero as head of Financial Services. Since joining the company, Bigg has implemented a number of changes, including the creation of a new MHP Media Unit, led by Ian Kirby, the former Political Editor of the News of the World, and staffed by many former national and broadcast journalists, among them Keith Gladdis, the former Executive News Editor of the Daily Mail, who joined the agency in May 2017.

The announcement also follows a summer of success for the agency, with recent client wins including uSwitch, Navigant, Liverpool Vision and BASF.

Alex Bigg, CEO of MHP Communications, said:

“I’m delighted that Jamie and Andy are joining us. They both have first-class reputations for doing work of the highest quality and will define our corporate and public affairs offering. I believe these hires are a real statement of intent about my ambition for the business.

“Following a successful summer in terms of client wins, we are building an industry-leading strategic communications consultancy and these hires represent a significant milestone in this process.”

Jamie Lyons, Joint Head of Public Affairs at MHP Communications, said:

“MHP is a first-rate agency with excellent people doing outstanding work. It also has a renewed sense of ambition and dynamism which makes it a hugely exciting time to be joining.”

Andy Bloxham, Head of Corporate at MHP Communications, said:

“The vision that Alex has for the business, the intelligence and talent of the team, and the opportunity to work closely with colleagues across MHP and Engine make this a tremendously exciting place to be.”

James Gurling, Joint Head of Public Affairs at MHP Communications, said:

“The prospect of Brexit poses British businesses with massive reputation and communications challenges. Andy and Jamie join us at a pivotal moment. Their experience in corporate and public affairs is a huge boost to MHP’s capabilities and is great news for our clients. I look forward to working closely with them both”.