Isle of Wight creates top comms post

Isle of Wight council has created a top communications post to spearhead its drive to make itself more open to the island’s residents.

Isle of Wight council has created a top communications post to

spearhead its drive to make itself more open to the island’s

residents.



The communications head will oversee a team of six people and report to

the council’s new chief executive, Bernard Quoroll, who joined in

January from Kingston-upon-Thames council.



The new post oversees internal and external PR, including communication

with government, residents and the council’s partners.



’A consistent and coherent approach is vital in bringing all these

people and organisations together,’ said Quoroll.



The council employs 4,500 people, including teachers, and serves a

community of 130,000, which increases dramatically during the summer as

holidaymakers arrive.



PR is currently headed by public affairs manager George Chastney, who

along with one part-time member of staff, is responsible for media

relations and media advertising.



The drive towards openness and accountability is part of a

Government-backed initiative in local government. A white paper on local

government proposed the introduction of elected mayors and best value, a

method of planning and delivering council services which gives the

public a greater say in their design.



One of the first tasks of the communications head will be to review the

council’s communications, with particular reference to media relations

and presentational materials.



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