The Royal National Institute for the Deaf is looking to beef up its
communications team with two newly created senior roles.
The charity is on the hunt for a director of campaigns and media as well
as a director of information and membership services. Both will report
to executive director of communications Brian Lamb.
RNID deputy head of media Monique Warnock attributed the moves to the
rapid growth of the 70-strong directorate. It was felt that the mandate
was too big to be covered by one director.
The criteria laid down for both posts include strong national media
contacts, and close links with parliament and civil servants.
The director of campaigns and media will also become Lamb's deputy,
heading a team of ten media relations, lobbying, campaigning and
The information and member services director will be responsible for
communications with the charity's 26,000 members and network of
The RNID appointed Lamb to the director of communications role in
September last year, after he had spent 12 years at Scope, ultimately as
head of public affairs (PRWeek, 16 June 2000).
His appointment coincided with the creation of a regional media
co-ordinator position, filled by Matt Grainger, aimed at supporting PROs
in the 'devolved' regions.
The revamp of the communications division is aimed at supporting the
charity's campaigns, including efforts to persuade the Government to
roll-out digital hearing aids across the NHS. Last week the RNID
released a leaked memo from West Dorset general hospitals NHS that
advised playing down the effectiveness of the digital aids.
The charity is also lobbying to secure a commitment on subtitling in the