FSA brings in Collis to head comms

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has snapped up Terrence Collis, the former PR chief at LloydsTSB, to be its director of communications.

Collis will join the government body at the end of April amid a revolution in healthy eating and increasing concern over bird flu.

He will head-up a 40 strong comms team at the FSA, where he replaces Neil Martinson, who quit five months ago to start his own agency. Head of media relations Karen Talbot has acted in the role in the interim Collis was made redundant as LloydsTSB's director of group corporate comms last April, having held the role since 2000.
Prior to LloydTSB, he was director of corporate comms at National Westminster Bank.

News of his appointment comes ahead of Ofcom's long-awaited judgement on the future of advertising to children.

'We need to make sure the FSA works in partnership with industry,' Collis said. 'It's no use being at loggerheads. Good management is demonstrating that what we recommend in the future is the right thing to do.'

The FSA was created in 2000 in the wake of the BSE crisis as an independent Government department, designed to protect public health and consumer interests.

Since leaving LloydsTSB last spring, Collis has been involved in charity work for the Red Cross.

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