Nicol moves to Lewisham post

After an eighteen-month search, the London Borough of Lewisham has finally found a new head of corporate communications.

After an eighteen-month search, the London Borough of Lewisham has

finally found a new head of corporate communications.



Fiona Nicol will join on 21 August - only eleven months after taking the

head of communications position at the London Borough of Islington.



Her decision to depart so soon is understood to be related to changes

instigated after Liberal Democrats took control of the council in

January.



The party halved the communications team as part of a commitment to

cutting the administrative costs of the council (PR Week, 5 May). Nicol

declined to go into the issue, saying: ’I’ve been offered a fantastic

job at Lewisham. They’re very committed to communications.’



The last full-time head of corporate communications at Lewisham was Mark

Robinson, who left in 1998. In the interim, Paul Richards has been

acting as a consultant with responsibility for finding a replacement,

restructuring the communications department and day-to-day running of

the press office.



Nicol will head a team of 13, four of whom are still to be

recruited.



Richards has now started a consultancy, with Lewisham Council as a

client during the handover period. He is retained by the Lewisham

Challenge Partnership and The Ladder recruitment web site.



Nicol was headhunted to the Islington Council position from Consolidated

Communications, where she was a board director heading Blockbuster and

British Territorial Army accounts (PR Week, 7 September 1999).



It was thought the position at Lewisham had been filled in January this

year, but a cross-party committee of councillors vetoed the appointment.



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