Helen Coleman, previously a consultant for the Department of Health’s National Healthy Schools Programme, will sit in the role for five months while recruitment for a permanent head continues.
She replaces Bill Walshe, who returns to his previous stakeholder relations manager job after five months in the interim role. Coleman’s interim appointment comes as the council urgently tries to fill its top three comms positions.
‘We are signing off a new communications strategy this week to strengthen our central corporate team,’ Coleman said.
She added: ‘This will implement a new way of working by providing more coherence, and will see us restructuring the team and strengthening our media relations and internal communications.’
She added: ‘We are looking to set up ongoing relationships with agencies to build up our brand. We don’t want to use agencies on an ad hoc basis any more because this just provides disjointed communications.’
This week will also see the appointment of an interim media relations manager to replace Richard Evans (PRWeek, 23 February). Coleman also hopes to make an internal appointment for the interim deputy head of communications position.
Coleman leads a team of around 30 staff.