Lincs enlists Marshall to turn around reputation

Lincolnshire Council has snared Cambridgeshire's head of internal comms Janet Marshall to help rebuild its reputation.

Marshall is to join in the newly created role of head of comms and community engagement in January, following a turbulent few years for Lincolnshire.

The council was threatened last year with government intervention after a number of scandals, including the exit of leader Ian Croft for misconduct. His predecessor, Jim Speechley, was jailed in 2004, also for misconduct.

The authority has since restructured, appointing a new chief executive, two assistant chief executives and a council leader.

The council's comms function is also being revamped, according to a spokes­woman. Following the redundancy of former PR manager Steve Jackson, the council plans to install three comms managers and at least four press officers, reporting to Marshall.

‘We are in a very good position to move forward both with a new senior management team and a new comms team, rebuilt from the top down,' the spokeswoman told PRWeek.

The authority will continue to use consultant Mark Fletcher-Brown as interim head of communications until Marshall's arrival.

Cambridgeshire - which employs 14,00 staff - is already recruiting for Marshall's replacement. The postholder reports to director of communications Bob Pearson.

Reporting to Lincolnshire assistant chief executive Marcus Coleman, Marshall - who has worked at Cambridgeshire for two years - will lead a team of around eight comms staff.

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