Lambeth to lose comms deputy McGill

The number two comms professional at one of London's most high-profile cou­ncils is to leave her role by the e­nd of March.

Claire McGill, deputy head of campaigns and comms at Lambeth Council, is moving to Cheltenham, potentially leaving the council without a permanent senior PRO.

McGill currently reports to interim director of campaigns and comms Bill Walshe, who effectively replaced Louise Ansari last summer (PRWeek, 19 Aug 2006). Walshe was previously stakeholder relations manager.

Ansari left after three years to join the Council of Europe (PRWeek, 17 August 2006).

Lambeth looks likely to adopt a controversial scheme to raise parking charges for ‘high carbon’ vehicles, a move pioneered by Richmond Council.

The area is home to a diverse ethnic population, and in 2005 was embroiled in a national row after renaming its Christmas lights ‘winter lights’. The tabloid media lambasted the council for ‘political correctness’.

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