London Borough of Islington nets comms head Roe

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


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