Brown and White replace Rigg at Camelot

Camelot has elevated its head of public affairs Louise White into the key media firing line following the surprise announcement of the departure of controversial director of communications David Rigg.

Camelot has elevated its head of public affairs Louise White into

the key media firing line following the surprise announcement of the

departure of controversial director of communications David Rigg.



White will share the top communications slot with head of Parliamentary

affairs Richard Brown. Brown will take charge of behind the scenes work,

liaising with the Government and Oflot, while White will head media

relations, issues management and corporate events. Both will report to

Camelot chief executive Tim Holley.



It is understood that Rigg had expressed to Holley his desire not to

stay beyond the renegotiation of the National Lottery licence in 2001 as

long ago as the beginning of last year. He will leave Camelot on 3

October.



Rigg told PR Week that he would have decided which of the ’many job

offers’ he would take by November. He is still considering whether to

take another senior in-house communications role or go to an agency.



Acknowledging the dent in Camelot’s public image from the ’fat cats’

furore, White admitted that ’we have a hell of a lot of work to do in

bringing a human face to Camelot’.



’No one doubts that we are efficient but we are not particularly liked

and we have to change that,’ he said.



Rigg was at the centre of media attention in May, when it was revealed

that he had gained a 90 per cent pay rise in the form of a pounds

249,000 bonus.



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