Monday, 30 November 2015

Save the Children’s Richard Warburton joins British Bankers’ Association as comms director

The British Bankers’ Association (BBA) has hired Save the Children’s Richard Warburton as director of comms.

Warburton was previously director of media at Save the Children, where he led the charity’s news and PR teams, as well as overseeing its global media unit.

He also led Save the Children’s global media responses to the war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Prior to joining Save the Children, Warburton spent nine years working in press teams across Whitehall. He joined the Home Office press office in 2004 and, following the 7/7 London bombings, spent most of his time in Whitehall specialising in media handling and comms around policing, security and counter terrorism.

He spent nearly two years as the Prime Minister’s chief press officer for Home Affairs in the Downing Street press office before joining Save the Children in 2013.

Warburton started his career as a journalist, spending nine years in national and regional newspapers, specialising in education and home affairs.

Warburton said: "I am pleased to be joining the BBA at an exciting time for the banking industry. Banks play a vital role in supporting the wider economy. I look forward to helping to communicate how the industry is working to raise standards, drive growth and serve consumers.”

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