London's local government regime has lost its second high-profile
PR chief after only a few months in the job.
Colin Douglas, director of communications at Transport for London -
which is currently embroiled in a lengthy spat with the Government over
the running of the Tube - has announced he is to quit after just six
His decision comes just two months after a similar setback for mayor Ken
Livingstone's PR machine when Greater London Authority director of
communications Charlotte Rowe announced her resignation.
A GLA spokeswoman at the time said Rowe was disappointed with working in
the public sector (PRWeek, 28 September).
As with Rowe, Douglas is not leaving to take another job. He said: 'I'm
leaving for personal reasons, I'll be taking a bit of a break then
looking around at the options.'
Anxious to avoid accusations of a clash of personalities with transport
commissioner Bob Kiley and Livingstone, he added that he enjoyed working
in the public sector and that he had been at TfL during a time when
interesting issues were being thrown up.
Douglas joined TfL from Sport England where he held the same
Prior to joining Sport England he was a director at agency Citigate
Head of media relations Lesley McLeod will take over until a permanent
replacement is found.
Rowe's departure from the GLA in September has prompted a
re-organisation of the authority's media relations function.
Head of corporate services Manny Lewis is conducting a review of the
authority's media relations needs, to be completed by the new year. Only
then will the mayor's management committee make a decision on whether to
Meanwhile, the investment promoter the London Development Agency is
looking to create its first PR team, which will include a head of
communications, marketing and public affairs.
The successful postholder will be expected to shape and implement the
agency's internal and external communications strategies.