The English Tourism Council (ETC) has made its director of
communications role redundant. Robyn Griffith-Jones, who held the
position, has already left the company. There are no ’immediate’ plans
to make any further changes to the team, the ETC said.
Senior PRO Ken Kelling is in charge of the press office, which comprises
two PROs, until at least the end of August. All three reported
previously to Griffith-Jones. Kelling will report to ETC chief executive
Mary Lynch, who will decide on the future structure of the
Kelling said that Griffith-Jones’ redundancy was ’an outstanding issue’
from July 1999, when the old English Tourist Board was relaunched as the
ETC. ’There was a review of the whole organisation,’ he said.
The organisation is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport to the tune of pounds 10 million per year for three years. The ETC
aims to promote competitiveness and growth among the 120,000 businesses
in the sector.
The Big Group, which promotes the ETC’s England for Excellence Awards,
used to report to Griffith-Jones but now reports to Jackie McGreevy,
brand services manager. Westminster Strategy was recently appointed to
handle Parliamentary monitoring for the group (PR Week, 23 June).