Edelman has appointed Paul Gittins to the role of group managing director of Edelman UK’s Health and BioScience practice.

Gittins will take over the role from Steven Spurr who is currently also Edelman UK’s chief operating officer. Spurr will move into the COO role full-time when Paul joins, but will also take the role of chairman, Health UK.

Currently, Gittins is managing director of Red Health at the Red Consultancy, having set up Red Health with colleague Pat Pearson in 2007. Paul has a background in pharmacology and has spent his career driving award-winning health campaigns at a global and UK level, providing strategic consultancy to leading pharma companies, charities and trade bodies.