Transport for London (TfL) is hiring its first permanent media
TfL head of media relations Lesley McLeod, appointed earlier this month,
is on the hunt for six PROs.
A temporary team has been in place since the TfL was set up last
The head of media relations role was being covered by consultant Chris
One of the new staff members McLeod wants to recruit is a
strategic-planning expert to handle long-term PR issues.
McLeod reports directly to transport commissioner Bob Kiley and is
liaising with London Mayor Ken Livingstone's press office.
McLeod said: 'Having the media relations head report directly to the
commissioner was something he (Kiley) wanted, to speed up the
McLeod was previously head of news at the Department for Culture, Media
and Sport. Before joining the DCMS last year she was chief press officer
at the then DETR.
The DCMS is looking to replace McLeod, having postponed the hunt until
after the general election.
At TfL, McLeod works alongside communications director Colin Douglas,
who joined earlier this month from Sport England.
He replaces Government Office for London director Liz Meek, who held the
post temporarily on secondment.
Kiley was last month appointed chairman of London Transport, with
responsibility for handling the part-privatisation of London
High Court proceedings brought by Ken Livingstone will begin on 23 July
in a bid to halt the part-privatisation.