Plowden moves from a role as director of borough partnerships, a job located in TfL’s finance and planning arm, at a time when the body braces itself for further flack over plans to extend the congestion-charge zone.
Plowden has to decide whether to recruit a replacement for head of group public affairs Bill Hamilton, who left two months ago (PRWeek, 12 November 2004). Deputy PA head Sara Price is interim PA boss.
Plowden oversees a PR and PA team of around 45; new media and internal comms is now under the aegis of group marketing director Chris Townsend. Plowden replaces Locksley Ryan, who quit last July after a bust-up with London transport commissioner Bob Kiley; Luke Blair, who has since been interim comms head, returns to his director position at London Communications Agency.
Prior to TfL, Plowden worked for bodies including Age Concern.