The Public Sector Week

Directgov appoints two new directors, COI scoops prestigious industry awards.

Director: Ker joins Directgov
Director: Ker joins Directgov

Directgov, the government's digital home for public services and information for citizens, has appointed two directors. Mike Hoban is the new director of comms and engagement, having previously held top roles at British Airways, Scottish Widows and Barclaycard. Guy Ker is the new director of publishing. He was formerly chief operating officer at ITN and has also been managing editor of Channel Four News.

The Central Office of Information (COI)'s Research Unit has scooped an unprecedented three industry awards - including the prestigious Best Place to Work in Research - at the annual Market Research Society awards in London last week. The COI won the awards for its work on behalf of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA project involved delivering an online financial resource for young adults.

Derbyshire County Council has launched a PR initiative to encourage youngsters to grow and eat healthy food. The campaign, called Growing Better Together, will see £510,000 being used to boost outdoor learning activities to help young people plant, grow and eat healthy food.

The University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) has teamed up to produce a promotional film that aims to encourage students to consider Glasgow as a place to study. Called Studying with Style, the short film showcases the strengths of the university.

Oxfordshire Waste Partnership has hit out at what it is calling an 'unbalanced and ill-presented' Daily Telegraph article claiming thousands of tonnes of recyclable waste in the UK is sent to landfill. A council press release insists that 'waste collected in the county does get recycled'.

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