Camden's Saul set to run Tower Hamlets press unit

Tower Hamlets Council has poached Camden’s head of press Clare Saul to lead its rejigged news operation.

The east London borough's appointment of Saul is part of a departmental shake-up, advised upon by retained agency Verve Communications (PRWeek, 16 July 2005).

Reporting to a yet-to-be-appointed head of comms, Saul will hire a
seven-strong team to complement PROs in the authority's directorates.

'There is a lot of misunderstanding in local authorities about what the comms function does, what it can do and how it can work with officers,' she said. 'But I am going to make sure everyone knows who their PROs are and what we can do to support their service areas.'

Saul will also seek to shake off negative publicity about the restructure of her team, which prompted strike action last year (PRWeek, 28 October 2005).

The review resulted in the redeployment of comms officer Eileen Short, sister of Labour MP and former Cabinet member Clare Short.
Eileen Short, who had worked in the press office for 14 years, claimed the council was victimising her, but the authority denied any wrongdoing. It is understood she may take her case to an employment tribunal.

Camden is now recruiting for Saul's replacement.

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