Ardi Kolah has been appointed as the Imperial Cancer Research
Fund’s first head of communications.
The post in the newly-created communications department follows the
departure of the head of PR Margaret Willson to set up as a freelance
consultant and head of marketing Alan Gosschalk’s move to the Royal
National Institute for the Deaf (PRWeek, 14 March).
Kolah is responsible for internal and external communications,
overseeing a 12-strong team across the UK in Stirling, Leeds, Oxford and
He will report to director general Paul Nurse and fundraising and
communications director Peter Vicary-Smith.
’We are looking at reaching audiences that we haven’t before, including
ethnically diverse communities,’ said Kolah.
The communications department will be evaluating the brand perception of
the Fund and supporting the fundraising appeals.
Kolah continues to hold his voluntary position as head of communications
for the Society of Asian Lawyers.
He has been working as a marketing and communications consultant since
he left the Anglo Dutch IT firm Computer Management Group three weeks
before it floated on the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges in
Prior to his post as head of communications at CMG, Kolah worked for
Andersen Consulting and as a broadcast journalist at the BBC.