The Local Government Association has named freelance management
consultant Carol Grant as its first director of communications/public
Grant, who was director of communications for housing charity Shelter
between 1993 and 1995, joins the LGA in September, with a wide ranging
brief to publicise the role of the association to member authorities,
the Government and the public.
The appointment follows a lengthy recruitment process which began in
March (PR Week, 29 March). Nick Gammage, head of the Department of
Health’s media initiatives unit and Peter Kendall, former director of
public affairs for Eurostar, were also shortlisted for the post.
Headed by chief executive Brian Briscoe, the LGA will officially come
into existence on 1 April 1997 and will represent 500 councils. It
supersedes the three existing local authority bodies in England: the
Association of County Councils, the Association of District Councils and
the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.
Grant explained that her first task would be to develop a corporate
image for the LGA and to manage internal communications for its 200
staff, most of whom will be drafted in from the three existing
Reporting to Briscoe, Grant will also be responsible for media
relations, political lobbying and organising events such as conferences.
Although she is only the second permanent staff member to be appointed
by the LGA, Grant indicated there would be more over the coming year as
she built up a dedicated communications department.