Button leaves Barnado's for Audit Commission

Barnado's head of campaigns Elly Button is leaving the children's charity just three months after starting her new role. She moves to head up the press office at the Audit Commission in September, which is trying to strengthen its brand.

Button: just three months at Barnado’s
Button: just three months at Barnado’s

The head of campaigns role was created for Button in April and involves her managing the charity’s contact with the national press as well as campaigns. She has worked with the charity for four years; until March she was media manager.

Bev Boyle, marketing and communications manager for London and East Anglia, has been promoted to media manager to run the national press office. She starts the role on 1 August and will head a team of seven.

Boyle will report to head of media Cynthia Merrilees, who oversees the department and takes over responsibility for campaigns in the short term.

Prior to joining Barnado’s, Button spent six years at ­digital media consultancy Media Link where she worked on the Dogs Trust and as the account director for the Office of Fair Trading.

Button joins the Audit Commission as senior media manager, responsible for the national press team and as part of the communications management team.

The Commission was recently restructured, with the events, ­e-comms, direct marketing, publishing and design teams moving to Bristol and the PA and media teams in London being split into two teams (PRWeek, 14 Feb).

Button will replace Victoria Walker, who moved to Australia in February. Meanwhile, the Audit Commission has also just appointed Jo Parry as head of communications services, to lead the Bristol comms function. Parry joins from Defra, where she was head of strategic marketing and takes up the role on 28 August.

The two new appointments are part of a larger recruitment drive, as the body looks to build the Audit Commission brand.

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