PUBLIC SECTOR: Haringey selects Hollings as communications head

The London Borough of Haringey has named Julie Hollings as its head

of communications.



Hollings, Isle of Wight Council head of communications and chair of the

Society of County and Unitary Public Relations Officers, will join in

December.



She replaces Siobhan Crozier, who left in July to head communications at

Tower Hamlets council.



The Haringey post is one of the top council PR jobs in London. The

23-strong PR team has now been boosted by an additional six posts,

including internal communications, publicity and web development

managers.



The council also added a further £20,000 to the annual salary of

the post after Crozier's departure, to bring it up to £65,000 per

year.



The PR team had hoped to improve the head of communications role further

by giving it management board status, which is enjoyed by Crozier at

Tower Hamlets.



This bid was turned down but the role will continue to carry a direct

reporting line to CEO David Warwick.



One of Hollings' priorities will be to rebuild the tarnished reputation

of the council's social services department, which has come under

criticism at the public inquiry into the death of child abuse victim

Victoria Climbie.



The ongoing inquiry heard that childcare workers failed to avert the

abuse and death of the eight-year-old at the hands of her great aunt

Therese Kouao and Kouao's lover, Carl Manning.



The council has already set aside additional funds to improve its

children's services and agreed action plans with the Government's Social

Services Inspectorate.



Hollings said: 'There is a lot of work to be done with the local

community. This needs a long-term approach.'



Hollings has been with IOW council for two years, heading a team of

ten.



The council is reviewing the future of the head of communications role

as part of a council-wide personnel review.



This has been brought about following the controversial departure of

council CEO Bernard Quoroll in June. Quoroll is understood to have been

asked to step down by a group of leading councillors.



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