Former Rowland executive to lead Lambeth Council

A former public affairs account director at the Saatchi-owned Rowland company has been appointed as leader of Lambeth Council.

A former public affairs account director at the Saatchi-owned

Rowland company has been appointed as leader of Lambeth Council.



Tom Franklin, a councillor for six years in St Martin’s ward, took over

this week from departing council leader Jim Dickson, who is joining

GJW.



Franklin worked at Rowland for three years, until four months ago when

he stood down to focus on his political ambitions. He left Rowland,

where his clients included the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the

Salvation Army, to take up the offer of a special adviser post to Robin

Cook, now Foreign Secretary. He then decided the demands of such a job

would prevent him from being actively involved in local politics.



Prior to his time at Rowland, he served as campaigns officer at the

National Housing Federation and as an adviser to the then shadow trade

and industry secretary Cook.



Franklin was last week elected unopposed to the leadership of the

41-strong Labour group on the council and was formally confirmed in the

full-time post this week.



Dickson starts next month as second-in-command to director Jeremy Fraser

at GJW’s local government unit. Fraser recently returned to the agency

after a spell as campaign manager to failed Labour London mayoral

candidate Frank Dobson.



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