Public sector news in brief

IPR The IPR Local Government Group is to hold its AGM today (Friday 4 February) at City Hall, Tower Bridge.

Business includes the group’s annual report, its financial report, and election of a new committee for 2005/06. Keynote speakers include British Red Cross Society director of communications Philip Talbot and author Albert Jack.

LIVERPOOL Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has appointed PRO Jack Stopforth as chief executive. The former head of marketing agency SBA, Stopforth joins from the Cumbria Inward Investment Agency where he was managing director. He replaces Peter Ralphs who announced his departure last autumn.

BROMLEY The London Borough of Bromley has hired former head of internal communications and marketing at the Notting Hill Housing Trust, Emma Dedier, as comms manager. She reports to head of comms, consultation and customer service Sheila Bennett.Dedier is part of a four-strong team and replaces Tom Horwood, who has joined East Hampshire District Council as head of communications and policy.

SUSSEX West Sussex County Council is encouraging residents to use reusable nappies rather than disposable ones. Posters and leaflets promote incentive schemes encouraging parents to use washable cotton nappies as part of a drive to cut down on waste sent to landfill sites. Over 82,000 nappies are buried in landfill every day in West Sussex.

GCN The Government Communication Network’s media monitoring unit is on the hunt for a director. The network, which launched this week, replaces the Government Information and Communication Service. The director will report to the unit’s director of operations, government communications, Lyn Salisbury. Current director is Emma Thwaites, who is to become divisional director of the Government News Network Southern division.

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