The newly created watchdog tasked with investigating the conduct of
local councillors has created its first PR function.
The Standards Board for England, created in March this year as part of
the Local Government Act 2000, has recruited Mark Stevenson as its first
head of communications.
He has joined on a secondment from the Local Government Association and
heads an initial team of three.
Stevenson is developing the board's first communications strategy and
will be involved in the recruitment of a permanent PR head next
The strategy includes media relations for its launch later this year and
the creation of a corporate identity.
Agency Fishburn Hedges (FH) has been recruited to assist the in-house
The FH team is lead by director Martin Le Jeune, previously assistant
secretary for the Committee of Standards in Public Life.