National charity The Samaritans has appointed a new external
relations director, Paul Gauntlett, who was until last month head of
appeals in the northern region for the National Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Gauntlett reports to Samaritans chief executive Simon Armson and
oversees a 15-strong team, including newly-appointed communications
manager Rosie Brocklehurst.
Brocklehurst is currently head of campaigns at Camden Council, and will
head PR at The Samaritans. Gauntlett’s remit covers PR, advertising,
trading and fundraising. He replaces James Pollock, who has joined
charity Drive For Youth as its chief executive.
The Samaritans provides support to people in crisis and promotes
understanding of suicide. It is currently assessing research into public
perceptions of the organisation.
Gauntlett said: ’I am joining at a most exciting time, and among other
challenges, I am looking forward to implementing the outcomes of our
corporate image research.’
Gauntlett spent four years at the NSPCC, including 18 months as acting
regional director. He was previously a fundraiser for the Yorkshire
Children’s Hospital Trust. Brocklehurst spent a year at Camden, leading
a campaign to bring the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to St Pancras station.