The Countryside Commission and Rural Development Commission are
looking for a PR agency to handle their merger into a single
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced the merger of the two
government agencies in March, and the new body will come into being next
The two bodies will invite tenders for PR consultancy work, initially on
a project basis, to help with the new agency’s launch. They will be
seeking advice on how to position the new agency and on its in-house PR
The Countryside Commission has an in-house PR team of four headed by PR
manager Liz Thompson, and the Rural Development Commission has a team of
three headed by public affairs head Isobel Coy. The structure of the
merged team has not been decided.
The Countryside Commission focuses on environmental and conservation
issues, and the Rural Development Commission is concerned with rural
economic and social development.