The Public Sector Week

Exam regulator appoints Knee to head of comms, Media Moguls holds on to Fire Kills campaign.

Ofqual, the new regulator for exams and tests in England, has appointed Helen Knee as its head of comms. Knee previously held the role on an interim basis. She has responsibility for Ofqual's corporate and stakeholder relations as well as web and customer comms.

Media Moguls has retained the BME campaign strand of the £4m Fire Kills campaign run by the Department for Communities and Local Government following a four-way pitch through COI. The agency has been the incumbent for the past three years, creating the first Fire Kills ethnic campaign designed to increase awareness of fire safety messages and increase penetration of smoke alarm ownership among the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Somali, Chinese and Polish communities across the country.

The University of Plymouth has appointed Jane Chafer as director of marketing and comms, starting in September. Chafer is currently director of student recruitment, admissions and marketing at Sheffield University. She has also worked in marketing roles at Mars and BT.

The Department for Transport (DT) director of comms Jeremy Mooney is on secondment to the Territorial Army for the next nine months, where he is heading up its comms team. In his absence, the DT's comms department is being headed by deputy director Nick Court.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is reporting a marked improvement in resident satisfaction ratings. This is being partly attributed to a ten per cent increase in residents feeling informed, thanks to council newspaper H&F News going fortnightly during the period.

Wokingham Borough Council's former leader Frank Browne has joined specialist issues and crisis management consultancy Curtin&Co, as a consultant. Browne spent 12 years as a Tory councillor at Wokingham. He previously worked at Green Issues Communications as account manager.

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