David Holdstock has joined the association for councils in England and Wales as director of comms, from Hillingdon, where he was head of corporate comms.
Luke Blair, who as board director of London Communications Agency has been covering the job on an interim basis, said: ‘It was a really high quality field of candidates, but David's expertise in local government shone through – he is just the right person to lead the LGA into its next phase of life under chief executive Carolyn Downs.
‘There is much to do but David will meet the challenges head on. The team are very excited about him joining and on a more personal level I feel very happy that I am leaving them in capable hands.’
Holdstock is a well-known figure in local government comms. He is chair of LGcommunications, the nationwide group of local authority comms professionals.
LGcommunications has strong connections with the LGA, with which it has jointly run its Reputation Campaign.
Prior to his six years at Hillingdon, Holdstock worked as head of corporate comms at Slough Borough Council for five years. Before that, he was a senior PR officer at the Met Police where he worked for 13 years.
Before Blair held the interim role, the body had not filled the comms director role since July 2010, when Jenny Crighton vacated the role. Subsequently, deputy chief executive Jo Miller took on the additional role of leading the comms team.