He will pick up some of the responsibilities of soon-to-depart Verve co-founder Lorraine Langham, who joins schools inspectorate Ofsted as director of corporate services at the end of this month (PRWeek, 4 May).
Langham decided to quit the agency shortly after the value of Verve’s contract with Tower Hamlets Council began to attract controversy. However, she has denied that the move to Ofsted is connected with this issue.
Walker was head of press and publicity at Haringey Council from 1985 to 1989. He then joined Brent Council for an eight-year stint as director of marketing and communications.
More recently, Walker has worked on a number of freelance projects and spent the past nine months travelling in Africa.
At Verve, he will report to newly-installed managing director Tony O’Regan, with whom he worked at local government agency Renaissance Partners in Communication from 2000 to 2005.
O’Regan was previously a director at Verve, but has stepped up following Langham’s departure this week.
The company has five permanent staff and an associate pool of eight. It has clients from local government, the third sector and the private sector.