Arguably the greatest challenge in local government, and certainly
one of the highest profile jobs around, has arisen at Lambeth Council.
The south London council formerly known for the excesses of the ’loony
Left’ is looking for its first communications director to take charge of
rebranding the council and managing its entire image. Following the
elections last May, in which Labour secured a majority in the previously
hung council, a strategic review of the communications operation was
held by consultant Graham Taylor. The four-month review concluded that a
heavyweight player was needed to position Lambeth as a leading light in
local government. Chief executive Heather Rabbatts said: ’Jobs like this
don’t come up everyday.’ Rabbatts confirmed that Lambeth was keen to
recruit from outside the traditional local government arena.