NEWS: Grant accepts public affairs mantle at LGA

The Local Government Association has named freelance management consultant Carol Grant as its first director of communications/public affairs.

The Local Government Association has named freelance management

consultant Carol Grant as its first director of communications/public

affairs.



Grant, who was director of communications for housing charity Shelter

between 1993 and 1995, joins the LGA in September, with a wide ranging

brief to publicise the role of the association to member authorities,

the Government and the public.



The appointment follows a lengthy recruitment process which began in

March (PR Week, 29 March). Nick Gammage, head of the Department of

Health’s media initiatives unit and Peter Kendall, former director of

public affairs for Eurostar, were also shortlisted for the post.



Headed by chief executive Brian Briscoe, the LGA will officially come

into existence on 1 April 1997 and will represent 500 councils. It

supersedes the three existing local authority bodies in England: the

Association of County Councils, the Association of District Councils and

the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.



Grant explained that her first task would be to develop a corporate

image for the LGA and to manage internal communications for its 200

staff, most of whom will be drafted in from the three existing

associations.



Reporting to Briscoe, Grant will also be responsible for media

relations, political lobbying and organising events such as conferences.

Although she is only the second permanent staff member to be appointed

by the LGA, Grant indicated there would be more over the coming year as

she built up a dedicated communications department.



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