Cat Protection woos Stirling to senior comms role

The UK's largest cat welfare charity, Cats Protection, has lured the National Autistic Society's (NAS) former head of comms to fill a new senior PR role.

Ann Stirling has joined the charity as deputy head of comms and leads a 12-strong team that covers PR, marketing, exhibitions, design, publications and new media.

She will oversee the day-to-day running of comms, reporting to head of comms and fundraising Janet Wickens, who joined from horticultural charity Perennial last summer (PRWeek, 13 August 2005).

After four years’ building up the NAS comms department, Stirling has spent the past seven years as a consultant, advising on strategic development and implementation for the RNIB, The Disability Rights Commission, The Stroke Association and Disabilities Trust.

Stirling said she was excited about moving into animal welfare after so long working for disability charities.

Cats Protection has also promoted press officer Kate Bunting to PR manager, replacing Emma Osbourne, who joined Brighton-based elderly housing charity Anchor, Staying Put as an agency manager in April.

Cats Protection is currently gathering information on the recovery of missing felines ahead of a report planned for later in the year (PRWeek, 27 January).

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