The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) - the umbrella
group for UK financial compensation claims - has recruited its first
head of communications, appointing Heather Tilston as PR chief.
Tilston joins from UNIFI, formerly known as the Banking and Insurance
Finance Union, where she worked for three years, most recently as head
Her appointment ends the FSCS' month-long search for a communications
Tilston, who reports to FSCS chief executive Suzanne McCarthy, will work
on a brief to create and maintain a profile for the FSCS, which launches
in November. She will develop communication strategies and manage
external retained agency, HBL Media.
'The brief includes building relationships with journalists and the
industry,' said Tilston.
The FSCS is being created by the merger of seven existing schemes for
customers of banks, building societies, insurers and independent
The group launched its website this week ahead of the body's official
launch when the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 comes into
effect later this year.