Plowden to head TfL comms as pressure mounts

Transport for London has named Ben Plowden as MD of group communications as pressure on the body increases to bring tangible improvements to the capital via its £10bn five-year investment plan.

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.

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