By Powerscourt on 10/01/2022

Leighton Barnish joins Powerscourt to lead Sustainability practice

Powerscourt is pleased to announce the appointment of Leighton Barnish to the new role of Head of Sustainability advising clients across the firm with additional responsibility for Powerscourt’s environmental policies.

His appointment comes after a second consecutive year of record growth which demonstrates the resilience of the business model in challenging times. Powerscourt has experienced strong demand for its existing services and successfully integrated news teams in Political Affairs and Healthcare.

Leighton has over twenty years of experience in sustainability, firstly in corporate roles in the UK and Switzerland at AstraZeneca and Syngenta and, for the past decade, in consultancy at Emperor and Black Sun where he has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s largest companies. He has worked with clients to develop sustainability strategies, improve corporate reporting and to design and launch engaging campaigns that have helped to drive differentiation and perception change among stakeholders.

Leighton Barnish said: “I am delighted to join Powerscourt, a firm that ‘gets it’ when it comes to client service.

“Companies must clearly and effectively communicate their sustainability approach to satisfy the rapidly growing demands of their stakeholders. Doing this well can help to enhance reputation and create differentiation, but getting it wrong can have negative results. I am incredibly excited to have joined Powerscourt and look forward to working with clients to develop compelling sustainability narratives delivered through impactful communications and campaigns.”

Rory Godson, Founder and Chief Executive commented: “Leighton is a vastly experienced figure in the rapidly evolving world of sustainability communications and we are thrilled that he has chosen Powerscourt. I am confident that he can help our clients, their people and their commitment to sustainability to be better understood and appreciated. He will help us to provide market-leading advice to our clients.”

Godson added: “Powerscourt has thrived during the pandemic as our people rose to the challenges of this unique period. In the past year, we have worked on some of the biggest deals in Europe, for example the £8 billion IPO on InPost on the Amsterdam exchange. Our collegiality and team structures equipped us for the new way of working. We have responded to clients needs by successfully developing new services, most recently in Political Affairs and Healthcare. We will continue to focus on our clients, our people and our communities to build a sustainable Powerscourt.”