TACT external affairs chief quits

Foster care agency TACT has lost its first-ever head of external affairs just six months after he was ­appointed.

Ex-lobbyist Charles Willis could not be reached for comment. The agency declined to comment but said there were ‘no immediate plans to fill the post.

Willis joined TACT in March this year. He left his previous position, ­director at Burson-Marsteller’s public affairs practice, after just three months (PRWeek, 7 July 2006). Before that, he spent three years working for BT, specialising in IT-­related lobbying. He is also a former civil servant and has worked in the Labour Party Whips Office at the House of ­Commons.

Willis was given a broad remit on his appointment at TACT – The Adolescent and Children’s Trust – including PR, lobbying, fundraising and coordinating marketing and comms for the agency’s eight regional offices.

On arrival, Willis said he planned to oversee a rebranding campaign and to talk to senior government figures about the charity’s role, raising awareness of its work with local authorities, as well as adoption and ‘independent living’ courses preparing fostered children for adult life.

Willis oversaw one member of staff – fundraising manager Ros Jenkins – and reported to TACT chief executive Kevin Williams.

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