Public sector news in brief

LEICESTER University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is recruiting for a new director of comms and external relations.

The role has been created to oversee the six-strong comms team and provide a presence at board level. The trust is embarking on a hospital rebuilding programme, the biggest outside London.

GREENWICH Greenwich Council has begun a campaign to raise awareness of new fines for dropping litter. It is using 'superhero'
character Johnny Trash and sidekick Robo-bin in a sticker campaign
aided by local businesses and complemented by an education programme in schools.

NOTTS Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting a series of events designed to improve understanding of mental health issues. The programme includes a film premiere, craft events and art exhibition 'Art is Good for You'. The exhibition profiles work from artists who have benefited from the trust's help. One of Nottingham's Mental Health Awareness Weeks coincides with World Mental Health Day (11 October).

LUTON Luton Borough Council has appointed Ben Adcock as interim
PR manager. He replaces Rik Hammond, who is now interim head of comms following Peter Morris's departure to Ealing London Borough Council (PRWeek, 6 May). In 2000, Adcock joined Luton University as press and media officer. He subsequently worked for marketing services company Freedman International.

MANCHESTER Not-for-profit housing and regeneration body Places for PeopleGroup's John Quinton-Barber is to join Manchester-based agency Spin Media as an account director. He will focus on increasing Spin's presence in the regeneration field, reporting to managing director Andy Spinoza. He brings ten years' experience in communications to the position, including roles at Hutchinson 3G and Ogilvy PR.

STOCKPORT Stockport Council has erected a giant video wall to promote its cleanliness and safety initiatives. An estimated 270,000 shoppers in the town's Merseyway Shopping Centre saw the video
wall displaying the message 'cleaner, greener, safer, stronger'. The campaign was supported by bookmarks and information cards, and billboards on the A6.

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