Suffolk County Council has appointed Caryl Jackson as head of communications. She joins from the same role at Glasgow City Council. Jackson has also worked as head of comms at Strathclyde Police and as head of the Local Government Information Unit in London.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has downgraded the role of director of external relations, although a spokesperson said that this does not reflect a downgrading of responsibilities. The role has been brought down from grade three to grade four, and is advertised at £80,000. The role was previously held by Paddy Feeny, who is moving to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
South Oxfordshire District Council has launched a campaign to fight proposals to build on its green belt. The council has launched an online petition and a downloadable letter to be sent to local MPs and council leaders.
The Health and Safety Executive has appointed Darren Kalynuk as interim head of news. Kalynuk was previously the first head of PR at commercial radio body RadioCentre. He replaces Alison Potter-Drake, who has moved to the Cabinet Office.
Cambridgeshire County Council has appointed Andy Allsopp as its new head of communications. Allsopp is currently assistant director, communications, at Bedfordshire County Council and will join Cambridgeshire next month. Allsopp has also worked for Suffolk County Council and was media relations manager at Age Concern England.
Cowbrough Communications says it is set to fill the market gap left by recent cutbacks at the Scottish Government's economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise (SE), by providing comms support to small and medium enterprise companies. More than 250 staff recently left SE, including communications staff who helped to promote small Scottish businesses.