The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) has named Central
Office of Information (COI) senior account manager Caryl Jackson as head
Jackson joins next month and replaces James Odling-Smee, who has joined
Hertfordshire County Council as director of communications.
While at the COI, Jackson worked mainly on Home Office and Environment
Agency campaigns, including the recent successful police recruitment
Since the campaign, Home Office figures show a 77 per cent increase in
recruits starting training this year.
When she joins the unit she will lead a team of three and report to
director Denis Reed.
Among her priorities will be promoting the unit's public affairs work on
the Government's revision of the code of conduct for local government
In March 2000, the unit and the Society of County and Unitary Public
Relations Officers successfully lobbied the Commons/Lords local
government bill select committee to update the code.
Jackson has also worked at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
and the Tourist Board of Scotland.