British Council loses comms director to King's College Hospital

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Sao Bui-Van as its comms director, taking up his new role next month.

Sao Bui-Van has been appointed by King’s College Hospital for a role which starts next month
Sao Bui-Van has been appointed by King’s College Hospital for a role which starts next month
As a trust, King's delivers 100,000 babies out of its hospitals each year, and more than 750 patients come to its emergency departments every day.

Bui-Van joins King’s from cultural and educational charity the British Council, where he was also director of comms, and has worked as in field of communications for more than 20 years.

His experience also includes a stint as acting director of internal comms at the BBC prior to working for the British Council, and he has worked as head of comms for BBC North and deputy head of press and media relations for the corporation.

While at the BBC, he managed the communications element of the BBC’s transformation and change programme, as well as on a range of high-profile proactive and reactive media campaigns.

Earlier in his career, Bui-Van was also vice president of comms for Viacom International Media Networks, with a global remit.

The British Council said it had begun the process of appointing an interim director of comms to replace Bui-Van.

Commenting on his appointment, Dawn Brodrick, King’s executive director of workforce, said: "Sao will lead the trust’s communications function; ensuring staff are engaged with the organisation’s vision for the future, and leading on work to further promote our strong reputation for research, innovation and clinical excellence."

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