The London Borough of Southwark has appointed a technology PR
specialist as its communications head.
Lise Colyer, who took voluntary redundancy from technology PR agency
Gnash Communications late last year, joined Southwark this week.
While at Gnash, where she was an account director, her clients included
dot.coms First Tuesday and lastminute.com.
In contrast, her work at Southwark will include responses to issues
arising from the imminent Damilola Taylor murder trial, and the
borough's mayoral referendum.
Ten-year-old Damilola was fatally stabbed in Peckham one year ago.
Action was taken by the council and the Metropolitan Police after his
death to tackle crime and safety problems in the area. This included an
initiative to reward youngsters for good behaviour.
Colyer, who worked as a press officer at Amnesty International and the
Samaritans before joining Gnash, said: 'The technology sector is
experiencing some problems, voluntary redundancy was offered and I
decided to take it.
'It may seem an unusual move from technology PR to this but my
experience isn't just with agencies,' she added.
Colyer reports to head of customer relations, consultation and
communications, Amanda Hurst, and leads a nine-strong team.
At Southwark, Colyer replaces James Flynn, who left earlier this month
to join public sector specialist consultancy Marina Pirotta
MPC has this week announced it is assisting in a communications review
of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The overhaul comes after the 12 council departments were recently
slashed to just four directorates, with communications now sitting in
Flynn and agency founder Marina Pirotta will be reviewing internal
communications. Paul Richards Communications has been hired to
investigate external PR.