Camden fills senior local government role

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.

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

of 47.



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

executive board.



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

department.



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.



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