Inverclyde Council has appointed broadcast journalist Matt Bingham as its new press officer. Bingham has worked as a reporter on Sky, ITN and Radio Clyde. He joins on 3 November after a stint with Real Radio. He replaces Lisa McIntyre who has taken up a comms post at Renfrewshire Council.
Kent County Council and Eastern and Coastal Primary Care Trust are setting up a campaign to encourage people in Kent to look closer to home for public sector job opportunities, rather than commuting to other counties.
Bristol Primary Care Trust has appointed Joanne Brandon to head up the strategic comms department. Brandon was previously head of corporate comms at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, a post she held for seven years.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has appointed Scottish agency Smarts to develop a national awards scheme. The independent organisation working to safeguard the rights and welfare of the mentally ill in Scotland has briefed Smarts to deliver the 'Principles into Practice' Awards Scheme. The awards will help to develop a network of individuals and professional groups involved in mental health across Scotland.
Brent Council has merged two comms units, without making any redundancies. The two units were the diversity unit and the comms and consultation unit. They were merged under director Toni McConville.
Harrow Council has outlawed seven jargon phrases such as civil enforcement officers (traffic wardens) and civic amenity sites (rubbish tips). Other banned terms include stakeholder engagement - otherwise known as asking people what they think.