Gauntlett becomes PR director for Samaritans

National charity The Samaritans has appointed a new external relations director, Paul Gauntlett, who was until last month head of appeals in the northern region for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

National charity The Samaritans has appointed a new external

relations director, Paul Gauntlett, who was until last month head of

appeals in the northern region for the National Society for the

Prevention of Cruelty to Children.



Gauntlett reports to Samaritans chief executive Simon Armson and

oversees a 15-strong team, including newly-appointed communications

manager Rosie Brocklehurst.



Brocklehurst is currently head of campaigns at Camden Council, and will

head PR at The Samaritans. Gauntlett’s remit covers PR, advertising,

trading and fundraising. He replaces James Pollock, who has joined

charity Drive For Youth as its chief executive.



The Samaritans provides support to people in crisis and promotes

understanding of suicide. It is currently assessing research into public

perceptions of the organisation.



Gauntlett said: ’I am joining at a most exciting time, and among other

challenges, I am looking forward to implementing the outcomes of our

corporate image research.’



Gauntlett spent four years at the NSPCC, including 18 months as acting

regional director. He was previously a fundraiser for the Yorkshire

Children’s Hospital Trust. Brocklehurst spent a year at Camden, leading

a campaign to bring the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to St Pancras station.



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