Hollings to head Isle of Wight PR

Isle of Wight Council has appointed Hampshire County Council corporate communications manager Julie Hollings to the new post of communications head.

Isle of Wight Council has appointed Hampshire County Council

corporate communications manager Julie Hollings to the new post of

communications head.



The council wants to review how it communicates with staff and residents

as authorities across the country implement wider public consultation on

how they provide services.



A former local newspaper and magazine production journalist, Hollings

worked for Hampshire County Council for four years, joining as

communications manager.



In her new post, she will lead a team of six and report to chief

executive Bernard Quoroll, who joined the council in January.



Hollings’ brief includes raising the council’s political profile to

enable it to contribute more to regional and national debate. She will

also review how the council communicates with its 130,000 residents,

find out where they can obtain information about the council and access

its services.



She will then work to involve them in service delivery decisions.



She will also be briefed to review how the council communicates with its

4,500 staff, with an emphasis on involving them in developing the

council’s vision.



The post will oversee the public affairs office, which employs a team of

three, led by public affairs manager George Chastney.



Hollings said: ’My priority is to look at the systems in place and the

aims of the council and look at how communications can support those

aims.’



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