Nesta poaches Salt to champion the sciences

Government-created award body the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) has lured Electoral Commission director of comms Angela Salt OBE to a newly created top PR role.

As executive director of corporate communications, Salt heads a team of 15 at the group, created to champion the sciences and divvy up grants to start-up businesses.

Her responsibilities include internal comms, media relations and public affairs.

Nesta has ramped up its PR following the arrival of chief executive Jonathon Kesteneaum – to whom Salt reports – last November, said a spokesman. He joined from Apax Partners.

‘We want to improve the climate for innovation across the UK, so we need a strong voice and a higher profile,’ the spokesman added.

Nesta also seeks to influence government policy, targeting the Department for Trade and Industry and the Treasury in particular.

Recent projects include a study into how science teaching in secondary schools could be improved.

The lack of practical science teaching means children are growing up without the ‘vital skills for future scientific research’, according to Nesta.

The organisation was set up in 1998 in response to concerns about the UK’s ability to nurture companies that can compete on a global level with the emerging markets of India and China.

The Electoral Commission is now seeking a replacement for Salt, formerly a board director at Grayling.

Salt was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.

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