Audit Commission plans rejig as press chief exits

The Audit Commission is on the hunt for a news editor following Victoria Walker's decision to emigrate to Australia.

Walker left the local government watchdog – where she oversaw a media and PA team of four – last week after two

Her exit comes as the commission restructures its comms team. The move is partly in response to the Lyons review, which recommended the relocation of some civil service jobs out of London and the South-East.

In line with Lyons’ recommendations, the commission is shifting its events, e-comms, direct marketing, publishing and design teams to Bristol. They will all report to a soon-to-be-hired head of comms services.

MD of comms and public reporting Jenny Grey, who joined last summer (PRWeek, 5 May 2006), is overseeing the restructure.

The head of comms services will report to Grey.

Remaining in London, the PA and media team is to split under the direction of head of external relations Victor Smart, who will become head of media and public affairs.

The commission monitors local government services such as fire and rescue, housing and healthcare provision. Like all commissions, it faces potential reform as the Government attempts to slim down its 12 regulatory bodies. 

A further forthcoming challenge specific to the Audit Commission is the replacement of the Com­prehensive Performance Assessment measurement system with Comprehensive Area Assessments. The body last month brought in start-up consultancy How Now Communications to advise on this process (PRWeek, 26 January).

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