BAA seeks media chief as Corfield resigns post

British Airports Authority (BAA) is on the hunt for a group head of media relations to replace Caroline Corfield who has left after seven years for a six-month secondment at the Energy Savings Trust (EST) ahead of launching her own media relations consultancy.

BAA group director of corporate comms Duncan Bonfield said the firm would consider internal and external candidates.

Corfield’s replacement will co-ordinate the BAA’s six press offices, which release monthly and quarterly traffic results, as well as handling issues such as the new Stansted runway and Ryanair’s recent row with Brussels over airport payments.

BAA owns seven UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, that serve more than 230 million passengers a year. It does not use external consultancies for corporate PR but Bonfield suggested there was a ‘distinct chance’ that BAA would work with Corfield in the future.

Corfield, who will set up her own PR consultancy Core Communications, confirmed that she is looking to continue a crisis management programme for BAA that she had begun in-house. She leaves BAA on 24 September to offer maternity cover for EST head of corporate and PA Kate Hinton.

EST, which was set up by the Government in 1992 to encourage efficient energy use in households, small businesses and transport, is in the midst of a review of its £750,000 PR account. A shortlist of nine agencies will be trimmed in the next few weeks.

Core will provide media relations, events and issues management to transport, aviation, travel and environment industries, and will offer specific packages such as media training and introduction to media courses.

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