The Public Sector Week

Comms roles at Hounslow and Canterbury, CIPR Excellence Awards winners

The CIPR has submitted written evidence to the inquiry by the Select Committee on Communications into the 2004 Phillis Review of government comms. The CIPR has suggested that 'there is an opportunity through training to further raise standards and overcome inconsistencies in communication across departments'.

VisitBritain is launching a series of campaigns in conjunction with publisher HarperCollins to tie in with some of the nation's favourite authors, starting with Agatha Christie. Themed Novel Places, the campaigns will promote areas of the UK associated with the authors - Christie is linked to the English resort of Torquay as well as Harrogate and numerous locations across the South West.

The London Borough of Hounslow is seeking an interim head of comms after previous head Theresa Pugh left last year to return to her native Canada. The interim role will oversee the transformation of the council's comms function and delivery.

Parole Board, the recently redesigned website, which was launched in January 2008, has won the website or microsite of the year category in the CIPR Excellence Awards.

The Central Office of Information won the Best Use of Social Media award at the CIPR Excellence Awards, for its RAF Afghan video diaries on behalf of RAF Careers. The initiative saw an RAF regiment gunner record daily video diaries during his six-month deployment to Kandahar airfield, which were then posted on YouTube.

The Diocese of Canterbury has created a director of comms role that it is currently seeking to fill. It will promote the good work of the diocese, work with Lambeth Palace and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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