London lobby group hunts for top role

The Central London Partnership (CLP) has kick-started its search for a comms boss, six months after the departure of Tim Matthews.

The public-private partnership that lobbies on London-based matters is using interim strategic consultant Anna Barlow, who reports to chief executive Patricia Brown.

The postholder will be responsible for internal and external relations, publications, events and public affairs, overseeing a team of two. ‘Challenges for our PR manager will be to develop a comms strategy for our Away Finding signage system, which will improve how visitors navigate the capital,’ said Brown.

Other priorities include promoting the CLP’s economic development services, and publicising transport initiatives, she added.

‘It is a fascinating role for anyone who wants to make a mark on the capital,’ she said.

CLP members include local authorities, and it works closely with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, and the London Development Agency. 

Projects include fundraising for a pedestrian boulevard through central London from Regent’s Park to the Mall. The ‘Nash Ramblas’ scheme is inspired by Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and is part of a plan to improve public space in the capital.

Matthews left in January after two years in the post to be comms director at support services firm Serco.

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