The London Borough of Islington, which axed half its PR team in a
cost-cutting move last year, has finally recruited a head of
Kate Roe has joined from City and Hackney Community Health NHS Trust,
where she was director of communications and organisational
The Islington post has been vacant since the departure of Fiona Nicol,
who left last August after the decision by the Lib Dem-controlled
council to halve the eight-strong team.
Since Nicol's departure, Rob Storey, external communications manager,
had been acting head of communications.
Roe heads a four-strong communications team and reports to Nick Sharman,
deputy CEO. She says one of her priorities will be to carry out a review
of communications, following a study carried out for the council by
agency Citigate Westminster last year.
She said: 'Recommendations were made involving strengthening central
communications and improving electronic media. I will be looking at
those and seeing what can be done.'
Nicol, who quit Islington after just 11 months in the job, is now head
of corporate communications at the London Borough of Lewisham.
She was previously at Consolidated Communications, where she was a board