Peter Davies, head of PR and Information Services at Liverpool City
Council, has joined the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as head of media
and public relations.
Davies will oversee a department of 15 at Tower Hamlets and reports to
chief executive Sylvie Pierce. He replaces Tony O’Regan, who left last
year to become a freelance PR consultant.
Davies said: ’As well as having some of the worst inner city social
exclusion problems Tower Hamlets has also got the Isle of Dogs and
Canary Wharf and an explosion of inward investment. The challenge is to
communicate and build bridges between the business community and the
The council serves a population of 160,000 and has taken back
responsibility for development in Docklands from the London Docklands
Development Corporation which winds up at the end of this month.
At Liverpool, Davies oversaw a department of 20 and reported and was
responsible for PR, promotions, the press office, graphic design and
His replacement has not yet been appointed. He reported to Ian Jones,
personnel and administration director.
He joined Liverpool in 1993 from a weekly freesheet, the Liverpool Star,
which he launched and edited. Davies’ first few months at Liverpool
council were eventful. He joined soon after the murder of James Bulger.
The two boys later convicted, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, were
being cared for by the council’s social services staff after being
Davies’ last major PR challenge was the evacuation last April of 60,000
people from the Grand National at Aintree after a bomb scare.