Deirdre Colledge has joined the London Borough of Camden as
assistant chief executive of communications, one of the most senior
positions within local government PR.
Colledge will start in May, leaving her job as head of communications
for the Royal Borough of Kingston after two years in the post.
She will be responsible for all aspects of Camden’s internal and
external communications with a budget of pounds 3.5 million and a staff
Colledge will report to chief executive Steve Bundred. She will head the
three sections of Camden’s communications group. The three departmental
heads of the press office, the marketing services group and the
publications group will report to her.
She will also represent the communications group on the council’s
Colledge’s appointment is the final stage of a restructuring of the
department which started in November 1998.
Alison Withrington, who had been caretaking the post, will move back to
her position as marketing services head. Moira Whittle will join as head
of the press office in mid-April. Whittle, a journalist, is currently
head of the London desk at the Press Association.
The previous assistant CEO, Julia Simpson, left in May 1998 to become
David Blukett’s official spokesperson at the Department for Education
and Employment, shortly after the restructuring of the communications
Kingston council appointed Colledge in 1997 after an independent report
recommended the council beefed up its communications function. It has no
plans to fill the position.