BCW, the global communications agency built to move people, announced today the appointment of Simon Richards as UK Head of Public Affairs. Richards will be responsible for leading the continued growth and innovation of BCW’s Public Affairs offer and joins a group of specialists from across the political spectrum.
“BCW has long been highly regarded for its powerhouse public affairs capability – both in the UK and globally – and bringing Simon aboard only strengthens our considerable expertise,” said Nick Williams, Group Managing Director, Corporate and Public Affairs, BCW, to whom Richards reports. ”Simon has significant experience, having worked in senior communications roles both in-house and in consultancy roles, and will be a huge benefit to existing and potential clients as well as BCW’s overall public affairs offer.”
Richards rejoins BCW having spent the last two years working as Head of Communications at the property arm of the NHS, leading its reputation recovery and COVID-response communications. Prior to working in the NHS, he was a Director at BCW and, previously, led several public affairs accounts at FleishmanHillard. He began his career working for the Conservative Party and in government at the outset of the Conservative-led Coalition Government.
Speaking on the announcement, Richards said: “I am delighted to return to BCW to take on this new role. It has never been a more interesting or important time to be working in the broader public affairs sphere, helping corporations to not just navigate, but thrive, at the intersection of politics, policy and reputation.
“It’s been a significant learning curve working in the NHS during the pandemic. Working in-house has given me a new-found appreciation for what our clients need, both now and in the future. I can’t wait to join the specialists we already have in the team who continue to deliver for our clients day in, day out.”
BCW’s Corporate and Public Affairs team brings together unparalleled talent with a diverse range of expertise, focused on creating value through innovative business solutions at a time when the interconnected nature of corporate communications and public affairs is increasingly evident.