Corporate vacancy at consumer watchdog

Corporate vacancy at consumer watchdog

The Consumers’ Association is seeking a head of corporate relations

following Kathy Duxbury’s decision to leave the organisation at the end

of April. The position will report to communications director Nick

Gammage, and will promote the body’s work and objectives to UK

businesses. According to Gammage, part of the role will be informing

companies that the association’s role is not just to criticise bad

practice but also to highlight good companies. He said: ’There is an

assumption among businesses that our reports only come out when there is

something to criticise. This is not so.’

Action for ME loses head of press to FH

Action for ME, the charity which campaigns for people with the illness,

is losing its head of press and campaigns, Louise Fish, to Fishburn

Hedges as an associate consultant. Fish’s move comes at a crucial time

for the charity which sees the first report on ME given to the Chief

Medical Officer later this year, providing a key opportunity to promote

understanding of the disease in the UK. Fish, who works closely with

chief executive Chris Clark, leaves at the end of March.

Redditch Council to create pure PR role

Redditch Borough Council is to split the role of policy and

communications manager to create a pure PR role after the departure of

incumbent Fran Collingham. Collingham had overseen a nine-strong policy

and communications department, which will now be split into two. Head of

Best Value, Gurmit Kular will take on policy while a new PR manager will

lead the two-strong communications team. Collingham leaves Redditch

later this month for Birmingham City Council where she will manage the

eight-strong corporate publications team, one of the key roles in the

new structure put in place at the council by PR chief Myra Benson.

Reading charity to hire first head of PR

Volunteer Reading Help, a charity which provides volunteers to help

children with difficulties learning to read, is to appoint its first

head of PR and fundraising. The move comes after recent expansion which

has seen the charity double its number of UK branches over the past

three years and with it the need to encourage more volunteers to work

for the charity and bring in more funds by raising its profile. The new

position reports to the charity’s director Heather Brandon and will

oversee a PR and fundraising team of five.

Kids Club Network in public affairs hunt

Kids Club Network, the campaigning organisation for accessibility to

out-of-school childcare, is seeking a new head of public affairs after

the imminent departure of incumbent Mike Rich at the end of April. Chief

executive Anne Longfield has installed project manager Mel Jones as

acting head of public affairs, overseeing the 14-strong department which

encompasses PR, events and marketing. The organisation, formerly known

as the Out of School Alliance, has achieved the formulation of a

National Childcare Strategy but is still lobbying for the creation of

out-of-school clubs in every community.

Arts and Business seeks Ffion replacement

Arts and Business, the body which promotes partnerships between business

and creative organisations, is on the hunt for someone to fill its top

communications post after the departure of former director of policy and

communications Ffion Jenkins to work as a headhunter in the City. The

job has been redefined as external affairs director with an accent on

communications. The new head will report to chief executive Colin Tweedy

and take responsibility for the marketing and PR functions, in addition

to events.

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