A former public affairs account director at the Saatchi-owned
Rowland company has been appointed as leader of Lambeth Council.
Tom Franklin, a councillor for six years in St Martin’s ward, took over
this week from departing council leader Jim Dickson, who is joining
Franklin worked at Rowland for three years, until four months ago when
he stood down to focus on his political ambitions. He left Rowland,
where his clients included the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the
Salvation Army, to take up the offer of a special adviser post to Robin
Cook, now Foreign Secretary. He then decided the demands of such a job
would prevent him from being actively involved in local politics.
Prior to his time at Rowland, he served as campaigns officer at the
National Housing Federation and as an adviser to the then shadow trade
and industry secretary Cook.
Franklin was last week elected unopposed to the leadership of the
41-strong Labour group on the council and was formally confirmed in the
full-time post this week.
Dickson starts next month as second-in-command to director Jeremy Fraser
at GJW’s local government unit. Fraser recently returned to the agency
after a spell as campaign manager to failed Labour London mayoral
candidate Frank Dobson.