BBC charity World Service Trust has poached South Bank Centre comms stalwart Kevin Wilson to oversee its communications.
Wilson will be interim head of comms at the charity until November, when Nusrat Al-Ghani is expected to return from maternity leave.
He said: ‘I will continue to raise the trust’s profile. A number of events are planned, and we have conferences coming up in Toronto, Brussels and Rome. We also have a DVD in production.’
He takes charge of a team of four and reports to director of strategy and development Sophie Garnham.
The World Service Trust is the BBC’s international development charity, and carries out media-based projects in developing countries.
Recent projects include sending former EastEnders and Byker Grove producer Matthew Robinson to Cambodia to produce hospital drama Taste of Life. Four years ago it managed a £1m project in Afghanistan to rebuild media infrastructure.
For the past nine months, Wilson has been in charge of the South Bank Centre’s corporate rebranding project, part of a rebuilding and regeneration scheme for the South Bank arts complex.
Prior to that, he was marcoms director for six years at the South Bank before the arrival of comms director Alison Cole last year (PRWeek, 9 September 2005).