The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL)
are on the hunt for big guns to fill their top communications posts.
Both the GLA, created by elections last May, and TfL, the renamed London
Transport, have high-level communications posts to fill.
Both roles are currently filled by secondees from other Government
Mike Ricketts at the GLA, on loan from the Cabinet Office, has been
communications chief since January. Liz Meek at TfL worked at the
Government Office for London until she became part of the team prior to
the mayoral elections.
Both are required to reapply for their jobs on a permanent basis, though
neither was available for comment.
’It’s a high-profile role, likely to carry a six-figure salary,’ said
Alison Cawley, of the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ head hunting team
responsible for filling the TfL job.
The TfL role is expected to be in place by next month and reports to the
CEO. It will oversee 150 staff covering media and stakeholder relations,
corporate design, a correspondence and briefing unit, advertising and
The GLA job will also report to a yet-to-be appointed CEO, and will
cover press, public liaison, the web site and intranet activity and
marketing and publications staff.
Despite the pay, senior PROs were keen to point out pitfalls. Some
questioned how the GLA role fits in with ’Ken’s spin doctors’.
Livingstone has several advisers, one of whom, press secretary Emma St
Giles, will work with the GLA PR head while reporting to the mayor.
Of the TfL job, Cawley said: ’Whoever gets it will be working in a
political goldfish bowl. It’s not going to be easy.’