WaterAid nabs Pensions Regulator comms chief

Development charity Water­Aid has snared the Pensions Regulator's head of comms to lead its comms team.

Nick Edmans joined this week after seven years at the regulator. He said: ‘After my role at the Pensions Regulator and my years as Abbey National PR manager, I was looking to move into a new sector.'

Edmans said it was too early to outline his role in detail, but he has considerable experience of branding programmes and event management. As well as handling press, events and online activity for the Pensions Regulator, he oversaw the body's relaunch last year from its OPRA incarnation.

He replaces Ian Bray, who left in July (PRWeek, 3 Aug). Bray returned to Oxfam after a year with WaterAid to head its emergencies press team.

WaterAid's UK office is striving to strengthen links with its 17 overseas offices.

The charity has major offices in the US and Australia, and is keen to make sure they work together as closely as possible.

Earlier this year, it celebrated its 25th anniversary, ­reporting that the £127m it had raised since 1981 had helped 8.5 million people gain access to clean water and toilet facilities.

Edmans is based in Water­Aid's Vauxhall HQ with the 13-strong comms team. He reports to fundraising and comms director Andrew Cook.

ALSO... Breakthrough Breast Cancer is on the hunt for a new ­director of policy and campaigns after Antonia Bunnin left to become chief executive at elderly charity Guild Care.

Nancy Platts is filling the role on an interim basis until the end of the year.

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