Public sector news in brief

LG COMMS: LG Comms is to meet tomorrow (1 May) to set its agenda for the coming year, having recently elected a new chairman, Maxine Thorne, head of comms for Redbridge London Borough Council.

It will examine positive ways to support best practice and community newspapers, and discuss how to establish an effective delivery network for such publications with Royal Mail.

PEERAGE: Former director of comms for the Liberal Democrats Jane Bonham Carter, cousin of actress Helena Bonham Carter, will join her partner Lord Razzall in the House of Lords after the latest round of appointments made by Tony Blair.

ELECTIONS: London Elects is to launch its advertising campaign on

5 May by hosting a soiree at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary. The body will be promoting the European, London Mayoral and London Assembly elections on 10 June to the capital’s residents.

LGA: The Local Government Association has launched its Annual Conference and Exhibition website to give those involved in local government the opportunity to have their say at the event. The interactive website also serves as a practical tool to help delegates plan their attendance before and during the local government event. The site is at www.lgaconference.net.

CANTERBURY: Canterbury City Council will host this year’s IPR Local Government Group Conference between 9 and 11 September. The closing date for the IPR’s Local Government Excellence Awards is the middle of June. Entry forms are available from the organisation’s website at www.ipr.org.uk.

NORFOLK: Norfolk County Council has created a senior position for a profile-raising manager to be responsible for promoting the region as a good place to live and work and quashing out-of-date perceptions of the county. The post will be filled by an experienced senior marketer who has a proven track record in a business-led marketing management role, the council revealed.

BROXBOURNE: Broxbourne Council has strengthened its communications function by taking on a new member of staff, Jessica Koslow, to allow the team to develop its remit of work into areas such as the Community Plan. The PR team forms part of the council’s 37-strong communications function which also embraces DTP, printing and customer service.

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