The Arts Council of England has appointed Phil Murphy as its first
communications director, as part of the body’s restructuring drive.
Murphy is one of three new directors, including Graham Marchant as
policy and arts director and Graham Long as finance and operations
director, who will report to new chief executive Peter Hewitt.
Arts Council chairman Gerry Robinson was appointed by the Government in
May and charged with reforming the body, which distributes Government
and lottery funds to companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and
Royal Opera House.
The council currently has a press office with eight staff, and a further
14 staff in its departments for lottery communications and publications
and information. The three departments will all fall under Murphy’s
Head of press and public affairs, Sue Rose, who was previously the Arts
Council’s most senior PR person but did not oversee lottery
communications, remains in post. Murphy, who joins in August, is
currently political editor of the Press Association and has spent 12
years as a lobby journalist at the House of Commons.
The Arts Council is expected to be scaled down with more delegation to
the Regional Arts Boards which could lead to redundancies.