Islington lures Camden’s Marinos to aid recovery

Islington Council has poached the head of comms at neighbouring Camden Council to take its top PR post in February.

Emma Marinos leaves the north London borough of Camden after two and a half years to become assistant director of comms and consultation at Islington.

She replaces Mike McCabe, who left Islington to set up his own
agency four months ago (PRWeek, 2 September 2005).

A major challenge for the council is working in partnership with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour and promote community safety, said interim comms chief Gerrard Sagar, who is an associate director at Geronimo Communications.

Islington is one of the smallest London boroughs with a population of  175,000. But the district is famous for its nightlife, typically attracting hordes of revellers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The council has improved its rating over the past three years, and is currently rated 'good'. Marinos will lead a team of 21.

Islington's reputation was severely damaged after a highly publicised child abuse scandal in the early 1990s, which flared up again in 2003 when one of the victims, Demetrious Panton, threatened to sue the council's former leader Margaret Hodge, who is now children's minister. Hodge is alleged at the time to have described Panton as 'extremely disturbed' in a letter to the BBC.

Hodge, who later issued a public apology to Panton, led the council from 1982 to 1992, when it emerged that children in the authority's care had been abused. 

Before Camden, Marinos held the top comms role at Lambeth Council.

Camden Council is currently recruiting for Marinos's replacement.

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