Murphy quits PA for Arts Council communications

The Arts Council of England has appointed Phil Murphy as its first communications director, as part of the body’s restructuring drive.

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

remit.



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.



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