Southwark press chief leaves to start agency

Southwark Council head of press Lise Coyler has left the authority after four years in the post.

Coyler quit the south London council last week to found her own agency, Communicate. The agency launched this Monday with two undisclosed public sector clients.

As corporate communications manager at Southwark, Coyler oversaw comms across the authority. She also managed a four-strong press team, a two-strong marketing and publications division, and the department responsible for online content.

Coyler reported to head of comms Sue Appleby, who was appointed fourteen months ago (PRWeek, 17 September 2004).

Before joining Southwark Council, Coyler was an account director at technology agency Gnash Communications, which closed down in 2002. She was previously a comms manager at drug and alcohol addiction charity Addaction.

Southwark – one of the country's biggest providers  of social housing – was given a 'good' rating by the Audit Commission's most recent assessment.

It is using retained agency Upward Curve PR to promote its choice-based letting scheme to residents of the borough (PRWeek, 19 August).

The new system represents a major shake-up in the way social housing is provided – it allows occupiers of council homes to choose where to live.

Southwark Council was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.

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