LGA seeks press chief as Enlund decides to quit

The Local Government Association (LGA) is on the hunt for a head of press and public affairs after Gillian Enlund revealed plans to quit at the end of October.

The move sees the LGA short of its two most senior PROs, after director of comms and strategy, Phil Swann, left to become a director of social science research body The Tavistock Institute (PRWeek 18 June.

Enlund is to take a six-month career break after three years in her role at the LGA.

Before she leaves, Enlund will concentrate on promoting Local Democracy Week, which takes place from 18 October, and on launching a local government guide for journalists. Local Democracy Week, which takes place every year, aims to engage young people and get them more involved in politics. The ‘Working Together: young people making their mark on democracy’ conference takes place on Thursday 21 October.

It is not known if her position will remain the same, as it will be overseen by the successor to Swann.

As head of press and public affairs, Enlund is responsible for an 11-strong team that sits in a wider 30-strong comms department. Before working at the LGA, Enlund was head of media relations at Universities UK, the membership organisation of British universities.

The biggest challenges for PROs at the LGA are boosting the profile of local government policy and to get local government taken more seriously by both the media and elsewhere, according to Swann.

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