Flynn is latest PR chief to leave Borough of Hackney

The London Borough of Hackney is on the hunt for an external consultancy to run its PR department on a temporary basis after the announcement that acting head of PR James Flynn is to leave to head communications at Southwark at the end of May.

The London Borough of Hackney is on the hunt for an external

consultancy to run its PR department on a temporary basis after the

announcement that acting head of PR James Flynn is to leave to head

communications at Southwark at the end of May.



The loss of Flynn is the second blow to the borough’s PR team this year

after losing former communications head Marina Pirotta to the London

Borough of Brent in January.



The borough has now lost both of the senior figures in a team which has

won a series of awards for its PR work over the years while other London

boroughs have struggled to find PR executives of adequate calibre to run

their upgraded communications outfits.



Flynn will move into the role vacated by Amanda Hirst who was

Southwark’s head of communications until last month. Hirst has now taken

on a wider role and her remit covers all customer-facing aspects of the

council’s work including the running of its enquiry line and the

one-stop shops.



Flynn’s first job will be to carry out an audit of effectiveness of the

council’s PR and then formulate a five-year PR strategy for the council

incorporating the use of new media in PR.



Flynn will also take on day-to-day control of the press desk,

publications, internal communications and marketing at Southwark.



Hackney’s executive director who takes responsibility for

communications, Lorraine Langham, is keen to bring in outside assistance

ahead of Flynn’s departure in May and has already started the search.



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