Devon Council hires Allison for new PR role

Devon County Council has appointed its first head of communications and information.

Devon County Council has appointed its first head of communications

and information.



Hilary Allison joins from Thames Valley Police, where she was head of

corporate communications for three years. Thames Valley Police cover

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.



Allison will report to strategic development officer Michael Ellis, one

of five senior managers reporting to chief executive Philip

Jenkinson.



Her remit includes press and PR, researching and maintaining a library,

marketing, including advertising, and internal communications.



She is looking to recruit three staff, including a head of press and PR,

and will oversee a team of 15 once the vacancies are filled. The press

and PR function was previously run by head of press Richard Wood, who

left in May.



The creation of Allison’s role was prompted by a restructure at Devon,

which lost control of the towns of Torquay and Plymouth in a nationwide

local government reorganisation in April.



Allison said: ’The creation of this post demonstrates the authority’s

commitment to greater communication with its partners, staff and the

people of Devon.’



She is tasked with raising awareness of the council and its services,

and keeping people informed of its performance. She will develop a

communications strategy to involve the local community, the council’s

staff and its partner agencies in evaluating and determining local

services.



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