PUBLIC SECT0R: Former Royal press aide lands Golden Jubilee remit

The charity set up to organise celebrations for the Queen's Golden

Jubilee has hired her former press secretary as a media adviser.

Charles Anson, who is reaching the end of a three-month contract as

interim head of PR at the British Red Cross, will join the Golden

Jubilee Weekend Trust next month.

He reports to trust chairman Lord Sterling, the P&O chairman who was

also involved in organising the Queen's Silver Jubilee festivities in


Anson's work includes promoting events taking place from 1 to 4 June in

London, and encouraging community involvement in the celebrations.

Events include two music concerts, classical and pop, in the grounds of

Buckingham Palace with tickets allocated by ballot. There will also be a

service at St Paul's Cathedral and a fireworks display.

Anson, the Queen's press secretary from 1990 to 1997, said: 'The aim is

to get as much involvement in these events as possible. We have a target

of raising £5m for the event and so far have raised £4m.'

Money left over from the event will go to six charities selected by the

Queen: Barnardo's, Cruse Bereavement Care, I-Can, the Royal Agricultural

Benevolent Institution, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families

Association and the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League.

He will work alongside Buckingham Palace's communications team, headed

by Simon Walker, and the Department for Culture Media and Sport's Golden

Jubilee office.

Communications at the DCMS office is led by Jane Groom, formerly head of

news at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the


The British Red Cross appointed Anson as an interim measure during its

search to fill the newly created role of director of communications, the

charity's first board-level status for a PR professional. The charity is

still interviewing to fill the post.

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