The London Borough of Haringey has named Julie Hollings as its head
Hollings, Isle of Wight Council head of communications and chair of the
Society of County and Unitary Public Relations Officers, will join in
She replaces Siobhan Crozier, who left in July to head communications at
Tower Hamlets council.
The Haringey post is one of the top council PR jobs in London. The
23-strong PR team has now been boosted by an additional six posts,
including internal communications, publicity and web development
The council also added a further £20,000 to the annual salary of
the post after Crozier's departure, to bring it up to £65,000 per
The PR team had hoped to improve the head of communications role further
by giving it management board status, which is enjoyed by Crozier at
This bid was turned down but the role will continue to carry a direct
reporting line to CEO David Warwick.
One of Hollings' priorities will be to rebuild the tarnished reputation
of the council's social services department, which has come under
criticism at the public inquiry into the death of child abuse victim
The ongoing inquiry heard that childcare workers failed to avert the
abuse and death of the eight-year-old at the hands of her great aunt
Therese Kouao and Kouao's lover, Carl Manning.
The council has already set aside additional funds to improve its
children's services and agreed action plans with the Government's Social
Hollings said: 'There is a lot of work to be done with the local
community. This needs a long-term approach.'
Hollings has been with IOW council for two years, heading a team of
The council is reviewing the future of the head of communications role
as part of a council-wide personnel review.
This has been brought about following the controversial departure of
council CEO Bernard Quoroll in June. Quoroll is understood to have been
asked to step down by a group of leading councillors.