Shelter hires ex-Ealing PRO to run media team

Homelessness charity Shelter has brought in a new head of media as it ramps up pressure on the Government over the '90,000 ordinary people and families trapped in temporary housing'.

Brendan Murphy, who was head of comms at the London Borough of Ealing until last summer, has joined as a divisional head within Shelter’s 90-strong comms, policy and campaigns team.

Murphy said it was a ‘nat­ional scandal’ that more than a million children are forced to live in bad housing. His focus for the next six months will be to ‘ensure Gordon Brown commits to building 20,000 extra social rented homes in July’s Comprehensive Spending Review’.

He took charge of the six-strong media team in the first week of January and reports to director of comms, policy and campaigns Graeme Brown.

He led Ealing’s comms function for 18 months and before that was a senior press officer and head of media relations at the NSPCC and the Local Government Association (PRWeek, 29 July 2001).

Shelter’s previous head of media was Brian Dow, who left for the School Food Trust in August after four years.

Last summer, Shelter launched a bid to raise £1m over 12 months (PRWeek, 29 September 2006). Funds from Raise the Roof will be used to help end child homelessness.

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