Agricultural board seeks comms chief

The Intervention Board, the Government agency responsible for administering European agricultural subsidies, is seeking to fill the new post of head of communications and secretariat, as part of a drive to improve its internal and external PR.

The Intervention Board, the Government agency responsible for

administering European agricultural subsidies, is seeking to fill the

new post of head of communications and secretariat, as part of a drive

to improve its internal and external PR.



The appointee will report to CEO George Trevelyan and oversee press

relations, internal communication, publications, customer relations and

the agency’s web site.



Publications were previously handled within a separate department - the

Intervention Board’s business excellence unit. As a result of these

additional responsibilities, the three-strong communications team is

likely to be expanded to encompass a post responsible for design and

corporate image within the department.



As secretary to the agency’s management board, the head of

communications will also be responsible for providing administrative

support to the agency’s board and senior management.



Gordon Munro, chief press officer, said: ’After internal surveys, we

recognised we needed to promote our internal communications in a

different way. We also haven’t been very proactive about promoting

ourselves externally - we need to push our PR harder’.



The Intervention Board is accountable to four Government departments:

the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Offices and the Ministry of

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It funds, administers and accounts for

UK payments from the European Common Agricultural Policy, including

subsidies to farmers and products traders.



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