Friends pay tribute to Kevin Galloway

Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to Worcestershire County Council PR manager Kevin Galloway, who died suddenly at the age of 42. Galloway, whose funeral took place on Monday, passed away on 24 July after a suspected heart attack.

Council chief executive Rob Sykes says his colleagues are ‘struggling to come to terms with the news’, and described Galloway as, ‘a unique and passionate man, whose enthusiasm for doing the right thing touched many, many people’.

Galloway had been PR manager at the authority since 1995, and previously held roles with Birmingham City Council, Rolls Royce and charity Royal Life Saving Society, where he was head of PR.

At the council he oversaw a number of campaigns, including last year’s We All Make It Unique campaign to address racism, which won an Institute of Public Relations Local Government Group award. Group committee member Liza Greaves said: ‘He was a credit to our industry.’

Consultant Carol Grant, who recently worked with Galloway, said: ‘He was a lovely man with a real lust for life. He was an excellent PR professional, very creative and ran some really innovative campaigns.’

Those in the local media have also paid tribute. Senior broadcast journalist for BBC Hereford and Worcester Mark Hellings said: ‘Not only was he a friendly contact, he was superbly capable of cutting through the local authority jargon. I’m sure many users of the council’s services will feel the benefit of his efforts in future years.’

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