Public sector news in brief

YORKSHIRE: South Yorkshire Police is looking for a head of media and communications following the death of Jim Greensmith two months ago. The head of comms reports to the chief constable and manages a team of five full-time staff and one part-time employee.

ORGAN donors: The NHS Organ Donor Register has teamed up with the DVLA and is sending out donor registration forms to three million drivers in a bid to reverse a shortage of organ donors. The campaign, ‘Leave more than memories’, is designed to appeal to motorists to talk about whether they wish to leave a legacy of life for someone else after their death. The mailing is the third in a pilot scheme that began in January.

LIB DEMS: Liberal Democrat London mayoral candidate Simon Hughes has taken a modern approach to his campaign with the introduction of a ‘Text Simon’ mobile number. Hughes, who has used virals emails for his campaign to be London Mayor, has now adopted the mobile number 07795 328 405 for voters to text him their questions, concerns or ideas for London.

BRENT: Brent London Borough Council is looking for a deputy head of comms to help head its team of seven. Former deputy Oliver Berman left in March to join MPC. The deputy reports to head of comms So Lin Jeffrey.

KENT: Kent County Council is kicking off the summer season with a string of events to promote local produce in a bid to boost the local economy. Its first port of call is the English Food and Drink Festival at Leeds Castle on 9 May, and is also encouraging local traders to take part in the national event at Kent County Showground.

LANCASHIRE: TV presenter Fred Talbot was in Preston this week to launch Lancashire County Council’s road safety magazine. Road Life 2004 is produced by the Lancashire Road Safety Group and will be available to shoppers at Preston’s Flag Market all day. Members of the Road Safety Group will be on hand to offer shoppers road safety advice, free literature and give-aways in a bid to raise awareness of road safety issues.

DONCASTER: Doncaster comms team will be among the first in the country to operate under an MD rather than a chief exec following the appointment of Susan Law. It follows a management shake-up which saw the comms function raised to manage PR for the mayoral office as well as the council.

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