He said his contract at IDeA – which works in partnership with councils to promote best practice across the public sector – was for one year. He added that no decision had been made on how he and Tankard would work together when the latter returns.
Gibb will have responsibility for IDeA’s internal and external comms.
Before joining London-based Demos as head of comms in 2001, Gibb spent ten years as a journalist. At Demos, he reported to director Tom Bentley and had responsibility for building relationships with public, private and not-for-profit organisations.
Demos said it was unlikely that Gibb would be replaced directly, but that a final decision would be made once a new director was in place – Bentley is leaving this summer to live in Australia.
Gibb’s relationship-building responsibilities have been taken on by the management team at Demos, while media are being dealt with by Sam Hinton-Smith, who has been media manager for 18 months. All report to managing director Grahame Broadbelt.
Tankard has worked at IDeA for two and a half years. At Kent, she is to undertake a strategic review of the council’s stakeholder relations and campaigns. She reports to director of business solutions and policy David Cockburn.