Thompson leaves Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is on a trawl for a head of ext­ernal relations to replace Liz Thompson, who is taking over the top comms role at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

The agency is a public body responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.

The head of external relations post reports to director of comms Helen McCallum and is responsible for European Union parliamentary affairs, UK parliamentary affairs, community relations and international work with developing countries. It also oversees a press team of nine.

‘The environment is chan­ging, so the way we communicate with people is changing too,’ said a spokesman. ‘Once it was about communicating with businesses but now we need to comm­unicate with groups of people what we don’t normally regulate.’

He added that global climate change means the agency needs to communicate on issues such as flood defences and drought. As the threat of flooding grows more real, it will no longer be economically viable or worth­while to prevent floods in certain areas of the UK.

After four years at the ­Env­ironment Agency, Thom­p­son will join the ­Royal Shakespeare Company as director of communications. She has previously worked for Burson Marsteller, the Countryside Agency and drug, alcohol and mental health charity Turning Point.

She will replace Roger Mortlock, who left in ­Feb­ruary to join the Soil Assoc­iation as a deputy ­director of comms (PRWeek, 17 January).

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