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April Highlights

With the annual update on the number of women on FTSE 100 boards due out from Cranfield School of Management, the team secured coverage for three clients with an interest in this area.


Firstly, Penny de Valk, CEO of management consultancy Cedar, appeared on Sky News' Jeff Randall Live discussing why she believes introducing quotas would be a failure of leadership.


Secondly, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ (CIMA) Gillian Lees and Andrew Harding wrote blogs for Fresh Business Thinking and the Huffington Post respectively, exploring the idea of broadening the diversity debate beyond gender.


And finally, the Institute of Leadership & Management's chief executive, Charles Elvin, comments about why quotas shouldn’t be introduced were picked up by Management Today, Huffington Post, and HR Magazine.


As tickets for Cheltenham Science Festival went on sale, The Times featured an MRC poll of scientists, politicians and celebrities, asking them to nominate the biggest advance in medicine since 1913 — and the one they would expect to happen before 2113. Members of the public have also been asked for their thoughts and the results will be announced at an event at the Festival.


Dental surgeon and implant expert Andrew Dawood, of Dawood and Tanner Dental Practice, began using 3D printing a couple of years ago to help produce replicas of his patient’s jaw bones so he could practice surgical procedures. His work on patient Eric Moger was on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and we secured coverage in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail online.


We’ve been working with Legacy Trust UK (LTUK) to launch their research into the impact of London 2012 on young people across the UK.  The results were launched at the RSA earlier today at a high-profile event for culture, political and education leaders, where speakers including Jonathan Edwards, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Moira Swinbank (LTUK) debated whether or not London 2012 had achieved its ambition to ‘inspire a generation’ – which, it turns out, it has.  You can follow the debate on Twitter #Generation2012.


We announced the judges for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, will chair the panel and will be joined by classicist Mary Beard, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, historian Peter Hennessy, and writer and non-fiction reviewer James McConnachie.


The discovery of the Speedicut Papers, and the publication of volume one, The Flashman Papers, edited by Christopher Joll, was revealed in The Times on Monday 1 April, with the by-line of 'Thomas Arnold'. The story was subsequently picked up in The Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail and Mirror.


At the launch party on Thursday 4 April, attended by a Field Marshal, two generals and Michael Portillo (former secretary of state for defence) Four Colman Getty once more fearlessly went above and beyond the call of duty, as Chris Baker stepped in to donate his size 12 loafers to the Evening Standard diarist who had turned up to Buck’s Club (where they invented Buck’s Fizz) in trainers. Chris spent the evening, in socks, manfully nursing a pint and a scotch egg in the pub. The party received lots of diary coverage, including a recount of the shoe lending in the Evening Standard, and stories in the Mail, Telegraph and Spears Wealth Management.


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