London airport PR head quits for museum ’friends’

London City Airport head of press and PR Polly Larner has resigned to take up the newly-created post of director of the Friends of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

London City Airport head of press and PR Polly Larner has resigned

to take up the newly-created post of director of the Friends of the

National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich.



Larner currently reports to London City’s managing director but when she

departs, the reporting structure will change. Her replacement will fill

the function of press officer and report to general manager of marketing

communications Tricia Handley, who takes the press function under her

wing. Handley joined the company in January this year.



When Larner first started at London City in February 1997, she was the

sole member of staff in the press office. The team now numbers three -

two full-time and one person shared with the marketing team.



In her new capacity, Larner will build on the 4,500-strong Friends’

membership base for her new employer. She will report to Philip Banks,

the chairman of the organisation and will liaise with the museums’

deputy director, Roger Knight, and their existing PR staff.



Fundraising and recruitment of members was previously done on a

part-time basis. The creation of Larner’s role reflects the Friends’

desire to run the organisation in a more business-like manner.



Larner said: ’The museums will be very much involved with the millennium

celebrations, and with interest in millennium-related issues, it is the

perfect time to increase Friends’ membership.’



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