The weather lands a housing officer in hot water on a prison trip and drives Ruth Kelly off on her hols three days early, leaving it to former Bovis execs and tabloid editors to remain career-focused
Into the sunset
It seems that having Multiplex as a client has proved too much for mighty David Yelland. The former Sun editor resigned his position as senior vice president of Multiplex’s PR firm, Weber Shandwick, this week in favour of taking up a position at rival Brunswick. Rumours that Multiplex account handler Fiona Maclachlan – who formerly worked for Yelland at The Sun – is about to jump ship as well are apparently unfounded.
“She’s still here; she’s still on secondment to Multiplex,” confirmed a source close to Maclachlan. Obviously the possibility of another raft of court appearances against Cleveland Bridge is still tempting for some.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way out
Update from Bradford, where the good burghers had the bright idea of recruiting the town’s cab drivers as ambassadors for the city’s regeneration plans (Hansom, 21 July). But the cabbies appear to have delivered their verdict after none of their number turned up to a presentation of the Will Alsop-inspired scheme. Maybe, just maybe, there aren’t that many Alsop devotees among Bradford’s cab-driving fraternity.
Two’s a company
While Bovis is coping with the upheavals following the departure of chief executive Jason Millett, I hear that two former Bovis supremos have been quietly planning a move into the world of property development. Bovis stalwart Les Chatfield is apparently teaming up with former construction boss John Anderson to set up the venture. It’s tempting to wonder if Millett’s phone has been ringing, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Sorry, I gotta fly
My spies at the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the real reason for the delay to the English Partnerships–Housing Corporation merger. Apparently, a decision couldn’t be made before the parliamentary recess because Ruth Kelly was due to go on holiday last week. Observers have been left wondering why Kelly couldn’t have delayed her summer vacation by a few days, given that parliament is due to break for three months …
The green house effect
David Cameron may have portrayed himself as a dream client for sustainability firms but the reality may be a little different. One contractor who’s tendered for the £1m publicity stunt – gutting a five-bedroom terraced house in west London and giving it an eco-makeover complete with rooftop wind turbine – predicts it’s going to be a headache for whoever takes it on: “Cameron wants everything in the way of mod cons, but he wants to keep it as low budget as possible. Someone’s going to take it for a loss.” He predicts the real budget is half a million.
Any bets on which of the green gadgets will be the first to go?
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