Odusina quits Waltham Forest post

Waltham Forest Council in London is losing its head of PR, Jide Odusina, to the London borough of Ealing, where he will take up the post of communications head in January.

Waltham Forest Council in London is losing its head of PR, Jide

Odusina, to the London borough of Ealing, where he will take up the post

of communications head in January.



Odusina has held the post at Waltham Forest for four years, reporting

directly to the council’s chief executive, Alan Tobias, and overseeing

an eight-strong team. His responsibilities there include graphic design,

internal communications and press relations.



In his new post Odusina will head a larger team employing 11 people and

covering all aspects of internal and external communications. He will

report to Ealing Council chief executive, Gillian Guy.



The position at Ealing has been vacant for almost a year, since the

departure of chief press and publicity officer, Lesley Cramp, who now

heads communications at Newham Council in east London.



During this period, the post has been revamped to include reponsibility

for the web site and staff communications and the PR department has been

managed by head of strategy and review, Shane Beadle.



Issues facing Ealing Council include the regeneration of Acton, Park

Royal and Southall and improving public perceptions of Ealing’s

childcare facilities, which were criticised in a report by the Social

Services Inspectorate earlier this year.



Before joining Waltham Forest, Odusina worked at the local government

policy and research body the London Housing Unit. Waltham Forest Council

is actively seeking a new head of communications.



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