PUBLIC SECT0R: GICS head Granatt to scoop Stephen Tallents IPR gong

The Government's most senior PRO is set to land one of the Institute of Public Relations top annual awards.

Mike Granatt, head of the Government Information and Communications Service, is to receive the IPR's Stephen Tallents Medal at its Sword of Excellence ceremony on Monday. This will be the first time the award, handed out only to IPR members, has been accepted by a government PRO.

IPR president Jon Aarons said: 'He has done much to further the PR profession and continues to play a vital communications role within the civil service.'

As head of the civil service's PR efforts, Granatt was called to give evidence before the House of Commons public administration select committee during the scandals that earlier this year dogged the comms function at the now-defunct DTLR.

Before his current role Granatt had been press secretary to five cabinet ministers and the Metropolitan police commissioner.

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