The Greater London Authority is on the hunt for a corporate
communications chief for the second time in less than a year following
the surprise resignation of Charlotte Rowe.
Rowe quit her post as executive director of communications earlier this
week after just ten months heading the GLA's communications
She is understood to be returning to the private sector, but was
unavailable for further comment as PRWeek went to press.
A GLA spokesman said: 'Her departure is something she's been considering
for a while having found the transition to the public sector not quite
what she had hoped.'
On her successor, he added: 'There have been no decisions made yet. It
will be discussed by the GLA chief executive Anthony Mayer, London Mayor
Ken Livingstone and the Greater London Assembly.'
Rowe joined the GLA last December from the London Tourist Board and
Convention Bureau, where she acted as director of communications.
At the GLA she was responsible for overseeing a communications budget of
more than £1m.
Her brief included advertising, public liaison and consultation,
development of web content and internal communications.
During her time with the GLA, Rowe also launched a campaign to gain a
higher national profile of Livingstone. In May, the authority hired
former Labour Party communications director Joy Johnson from public
affairs agency GPC to head media relations (PRWeek, 4 May).