Audit Commission chief sets up agency

The Audit Commission is on the hunt for a PR chief following the exit of MD of comms and public reporting Richard Peel.

Peel has left the body, which monitors spending by local government, health and fire and rescue services, after two years. He is setting up RPPR, a public sector consultancy, and has become a senior partner at media consultancy Harthill Partnership.

Peel's departure comes as the Government proposes  pooling its 11 watchdog bodies into four, with the Audit Commission being touted to merge with the Benefits and Fraud Inspectorate. Chairman James Strachan resigned last month in a row with local government leaders after the commission suggested councils were failing to give value for money. Peel has denied his departure is connected.

Peel was previously Independent Television Commission director of PA and director of corporate affairs for the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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