Former News of the World editor and ex-Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson is launching a new PR consultancy.
Coulson, who was jailed for 18 months in 2014 for his part in the phone hacking that ultimately brought down the News of the World, has announced that he will launch the endeavour with Henry Chappell, founder and chief executive of sports PR firm Pitch.
Coulson Chappell will operate as a separate entity to Pitch "although synergies between the two companies will be sought,” an agency statement read.
Coulson said: "I’ve always wanted to establish and grow my own company and in Henry I have the perfect business partner. From our combined experience Coulson Chappell can offer a unique perspective to clients looking for clear, discreet and effective strategic advice."
Chappell concluded: "With Andy’s extensive experience across media and politics, and a growing demand from CEOs, companies and organisations for strategic corporate and communications advice, we feel there is a real opportunity to establish a new agency in the marketplace."