Lambeth comms void deepens

Lambeth Council is to lose its head of media, weeks after learning that its number two comms role is being vacated.

The departure of media relations manager Richard Evans leaves Lambeth sear­ching to fill its top three comms positions.

Director of campaigns and comms Louise Ansari left last summer (PRWeek, 19 Aug 2006), while deputy head of campaigns and comms Claire McGill is expected to leave next month (PRWeek, 2 Feb).

Evans currently heads a team of four, but the role may change as the council ‘takes the opportunity to review its comms structure'.

Both Evans and McGill report to interim director of campaigns and comms Bill Walshe, who has been in the role for over six months.

Evans is joining the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) next week in the newly created position of head of media relations.

His arrival comes ahead of a busy year for the WCRF in which it will launch the ‘Expert Report' - a document containing global cancer prevention data. This will inc­luding details on diet and lifestyle - which could become definitive indicators of the best measures to combat the disease.

Evans will report to WC­RF's UK head Lucie Galice.

Lambeth Council became embroiled in an artistic debate earlier this month when Network Rail criticised the authority for making it paint over graffiti by increasingly popular artist Banksy. The graffiti showed a monkey ‘detonating' bananas.

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