JBP appoints two new senior executives as part of growth plan

9 October 2014, News

National strategic communications consultancy JBP, which has offices in London, Bristol, Coventry and Cardiff, has announced the appointments of Andrew Cumpsty as senior counsel and Catherine Frankpitt as a senior account director.

Cumpsty has over 25 years’ experience of senior level engagement, communications and government relations, including with McDonald’s, 3, Penna and Ericsson. This has involved working with CEOs, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Members and other key senior decision makers.

He has also held senior international consultancy and advisory roles and has a strong background in health, having set up the Health and Wellbeing Board in Berkshire and with experience spanning mobile and digital health as well as public health campaigns.

As the Leader of Reading Borough Council, Cumpsty was central to the town securing the three quarters of a billion pounds to fund a new mainline station. Cumpsty is also well known in Westminster and Brussels as the Chairman of the Enterprise Forum, which strengthens links between business and Government. He led the setting up of the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, where he served as Deputy Chairman during its first few years.

Frankpitt joins the team from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), where she was head of communications. This role involved raising the LEP’s profile and influence at local, regional and national levels, to coincide with Government moves to increase regional power and control over public spending.

Prior to that, Frankpitt spent six years at Bristol City Council in a number of communications posts. These included managing the communications for Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and the proposed Bristol Arena, and leading the communications campaign for Bristol’s European Green Capital 2014 bid.

Said JBP Managing Director Chris Lawrance: “The appointments of Andrew and Catherine reflect our commitment to providing a ‘business class’ communications service, which supports the strategic goals of our clients and provides best return on their investment. The recruitment of top professionals in the sector also forms a key part of our growth strategy to double turnover in the next three years.”

JBP, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, specialises in PR, stakeholder engagement and public policy. Clients include Sainsbury’s, Bosch, National Grid, BAE systems, Veolia, Colston Hall, national law firm Clarke Willmott and pan-European logistics provider Palletways. The company is also a member of the Worldcom network of global independent PR companies.

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