Public Sector: The Week in Public Sector

Comms director appointed at Lewisham Council, Defra fills top comms role temporarily.

Lewisham Council has appointed Adrian Wardle as its new director of comms. Wardle was previously at Southwark Council where he headed up the Health and Social Care Partnership comms team. He begins his new role on 5 August. Wardle previously worked at Lewisham's comms unit in the 1990s. He replaces Robert Yeldham, who leaves on 18 July to become director of comms at the UK Border Agency.

DeFRA (The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has turned to its principal private secretary to temporarily fill its director of comms role. Rory O'Donnell replaces Steve Morris, who left Defra this week to join public affairs agency Portland PR as partner for client servicing.

Southwark Council is planning a lobbying campaign to achieve better funding for social care. Southwark is to challenge the Government's use of the Relative Needs Formula as not fit for purpose, and position the council as a thought leader in the debate about the future of social care provision and funding.

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council has appointed Kim Neville as press and PR manager. She moves to Walsall from neighbouring Black Country borough Sandwell, where she was senior press and PR officer. She will report to head of marketing and comms Darren Caveney.

The CIPR is hosting the fifth World PR Conference and Festival on 23 and 24 June at the InterContinental Hotel at Park Lane in London. Topics of interest to the public sector include: 'How cities attract investment - the reputational issues that count.' See www.cipr.co.uk/wprf08 for details.

Stockport Council has launched a 'Doctor Jargon' service on a dedicated website, www.stockport.gov.uk/doctorjargon, which enables users to look up the meaning of abbreviations, acronyms and phrases. It is designed so that its face-to-face, printed and web-based comms are easy to understand.

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