NewRO in hunt for first communications head

The new City regulator, NewRO, has started its search for a head of communications.

The new City regulator, NewRO, has started its search for a head of

communications.



The job is the first at NewRO to be advertised externally, and reports

to executive chairman Howard Davies.



Westminster Communications have been appointed head-hunters for the

job.



The agency will also undertake an informal communications review, as

well as organising NewRO’s launch conference at the end of October.



NewRO will be formed from organisations including the Securities and

Investment Board (SIB), the Personal Investment Authority (PIA) and the

Bank of England’s banking supervision arm.



Davies is currently the only person among the 2,100 staff merging from

nine organisations to form the new regulator who has secured a job

there.



The head of communications will be charged with determining the

parameters of the communication function and creating a new department.

He or she will be responsible for internal and external communication

strategies, media relations and contact with the City, the public,

regulated firms and Whitehall.



The job is open to internal candidates. 13 people currently work in the

press teams at NewRO’s constituent organisations. Two senior PR staff

have already left: Betty Powell, head of corporate affairs at SIB left

in April this year and Will Hastings, head of press at the PIA, left in

May.



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