Islington Council has appointed Consolidated Communications board
director Fiona Nicol to the newly-created position of communications and
Nicol’s position was created in the wake of negative publicity
surrounding the council’s education services.
Islington called in lobbying agency Westminster Strategy in June to help
it handle the controversy surrounding an Ofsted report into its
education services, and to review its PR function.
WS recommended that the council’s PR chief report to the chief
The post previously reported to information director Valerie
Responsibility for libraries has been taken out of the PR brief and
Nicol will instead oversee marketing.
Mike Lee, deputy managing director of Westminster Strategy, said: ’The
council knew it was facing some problems. Communication needs to be at
the heart of the operation and reporting to the chief executive was an
important part of what we proposed and, to their credit, they embraced
Nicol led accounts for a variety of clients at Consolidated, including
Blockbuster, Cash Converters and the British Territorial Army. She
previously worked as a consultant at Edelman PR and Clarion
Communications, and as external relations manager for the Romanian