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Ian Wright, the outgoing chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation has been appointed Vice Chair and a non-executive director of Hume Brophy, the international  government  relations  and communications consultancy.  Mr Wright was Corporate Relations Director of Diageo from 2004 to 2014.

Mr Wright joins the firm following  the appointment of Alastair Gornall as the company’s chairperson earlier this year. 

The move further bolsters Hume Brophy’s credentials in the agrifood sector, with its international practice experiencing rapid growth.

Welcoming his appointment, Hume Brophy co-founder and Director, John Hume said:

“Ian brings a career of expertise at the highest level in business, management and governance to our company. His leadership of the Food and Drink Federation in recent years has been an exemplar of strategic advocacy on behalf of a critically important sector to the UK and European economies.

We look forward to Ian’s mentorship and counsel as we continue to build our business in the UK, across Europe, Asia, and the US. The challenges our clients face as the impact of Brexit and the pandemic unfold are real and enduring. Ian’s experience and expertise will be an invaluable asset to us and them.”

Ian Wright said he  is  delighted to be joining  Hume Brophy:

“I have been following Hume  Brophy  for several years and have been impressed by their strategic approach to communications and public affairs nationally and internationally.  It is an ambitious company with a very talented team of consultants across the globe who are outstanding in devising and managing highly effective integrated campaigns across disciplines and geographies.  

Hume Brophy’s independence is also a strength as they can adapt to client needs  across specialisms, geographies and sectors with an intelligence led approach to everything they do.”

Hume Brophy has a strong track record of delivering communications and government relations services in the financial services, transport,  agriculture and food and energy and natural resources sectors. It has a full integrated global offer delivered through teams in London, Brussels, Dublin, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York,  Frankfurt  and Paris. This appointment will further bolster Hume Brophy’s credentials in the agriculture and food sector in the UK, Ireland and at EU level. 

The company has grown considerably in the recent years and adapted well to the challenges presented by the global pandemic and Brexit.