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Huntsworth, 15-17 Huntsworth Mews, London

Huntsworth is the PR and marketing services group formerly headed by Lord Chadlington (Peter Gummer), previously the founder of Shandwick (now Weber Shandwick Worldwide). Since April 2015 Paul Taaffe, former Groupon director of communications and Hill and Knowlton CEO, has been CEO.[1]


The company was transformed by the reverse takeover in 2005 of much larger marketing communications group Incepta, whose portfolio included PR and marketing services brands including Citigate and Dewe Rogerson. The enlarged group adopted the Huntsworth name and is run by the smaller company's senior management team. Incepta's portfolio of non-PR businesses was sold on to rival marketing group Media Square towards the end of 2005. Advertising Age ranked Incepta as the #12 ad organisation worldwide in 2004 with revenues of $280m. Source: [1]

Business struggles

In 2014 bonus payments to executive directors were scrapped because none of the company's financial targets were met. Former CEO and chairman Lord Chadlington saw his annual remuneration fall 29.5 percent from £1.003 million to £724,000 and departing COO and finance director Sally Withey saw her package fall from £730,000 to £575,000 (although she did receive a one-off payment of £590,000 for 'compensation for loss of office' because she was given less that twelve months' notice of her contract being terminated.

Nicky Dulieu, chair of Huntsworth's remuneration committee said:

'In 2014, the performance of the group was weaker than anticipated.
'Bonuses for the executive directors were based entirely on meeting financial targets, none of which were met. Accordingly, no bonus payments will be made to the executive directors in respect of the 2014 financial year.'

It has also been announced that Paul Taaffe, who succeeded Chadlington as CEO on 7 April 2015, will receive a base salary of £600,000 and will receive no bonus unless at least 90 percent of pre-tax profit and revenue targets are met.[2]

Group board



Financial and Corporate Communications

Public Affairs

Public Relations



Address: 15-17 Huntsworth Mews,

External links


  1. Frank Washkuch Taaffe to take reins as Huntsworth CEO in April PR Week, 22 December 2014, accessed 22 December 2014
  2. John Harrington Former Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington's 2014 pay slashed PR Week, 15 May 2015, accessed 18 May 2015.
  3. Huntsworth Board of directors, accessed 18 May 2015.
  4. Huntsworth Board of directors, accessed 11 April 2012.