MSF PR unit in disarray following staff losses

The Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union’s communication’s office has been thrown into disarray with the recent departure of its communications head Miles Webber and the loss of public affairs manager Lee Whitehead.

The Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union’s communication’s

office has been thrown into disarray with the recent departure of its

communications head Miles Webber and the loss of public affairs manager

Lee Whitehead.



Webber left last week and has yet to finalise details of his next job

which is understood to be a private sector role. Whitehead left in

October to join Fishburn Hedges as a consultant within its public

affairs practice.



Richard O’ Brien, the last remaining senior communications manager, has

seen his responsibilities grow from a press office management role to

acting head of media strategy. He is also overseeing the communications

team which now numbers seven, down from a full-strength of 11.



Prior to the shake-up all three of the top managers reported to general

secretary Roger Lyons, who is now set to conduct a review of the

communications structure within the union. It has not yet been confirmed

what role O’Brien will take on within the revamped comms department.



The union looks set for a further shake up in the medium term as a

merger with the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union which is

believed to be on the cards would form a joint entity with 1.2 million

members on completion.



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