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Podcast: Richard Astle of Athene on why he loves Peterborough

Richard Astle of Athene communications talks about investment in Peterborough, Covid19...and Dutch football fans and sacking his wife
Athene Communications on Priestgate. Photo: Google Maps

Athene Communications has grown enormously since being set up in 2003, specialising in PR, community and stakeholder engagement, education and internal communications. 

And this week  the company has some exciting news of its own - founder Richard Astle is handing over the day-to-day running of Athene to Rachel Wild as she becomes its new managing director, while Richard becomes executive chairman responsible for strategy and business development.

In the latest of our Peterborough Natters podcasts Richard, speaking from Athene's offices on Priestgate, spoke about the change at the top; how Athene was set up, and how everyone has a part to play in helping the city's environmental credentials. 

Since joining Athene in 2013, Rachel has driven the expansion of the company’s PR and social media offer, winning important new contracts with prestigious, international clients such as Royal HaskoningDHV and the Maersk Group as well as local companies and organisations such as Peterborough Investment Partnership, Peterborough Regional College and Nene Park Trust.

Richard said: "Rachel has been shadowing me for the last 18 months. She is a natural communicator and a great leader, establishing trusted relationships with clients and employees. Over the last four years, the company has expanded substantially and we are keen to grow further.

"We're looking forward to the next stage in the Athene journey. Thanks to all our clients, colleagues and friends for all their continued support!"