Mark Oakes, head of corporate communications at Essex County
Council, was last week elected chairman of the Society of County and
Unitary PR Officers, replacing David Bennett, head of communications at
Dorset County Council. Peter Berry, assistant CEO, marketing and
communications at York City Council, was elected vice-chairman and
Michael Baker, corporate communications manager at the Local Government
Association, was elected to the society’s executive. The society
represents PR officers from over 60 local authorities.