Basildon District Council in Essex is seeking a PR manager to fill
its most senior communications role. The position has been vacant for
over a year.
The successful candidate will report to Basildon’s director of community
and housing services, Mark Gaynor and will oversee a six-strong
The post was previously held by Patsy Ryan, who left in July 1997 to
join the PR department of local NHS trust Thameside Community Healthcare
Trust, where she had worked before joining Basildon Council.
The PR manager’s main brief is to develop a profile-raising strategy for
Basildon, communicating to an audience which encompasses the district’s
163,000 residents, its ownworkforce, the national and local media and
the 2,000 businesses located there.
Viv Hotten, spokesperson for Basildon Council, said: ’Basildon does not
have as positive an image as it deserves. It has long been at the
forefront of local government change and initiatives and is currently in
receipt of about pounds 300 million of public and private
The Labour-controlled council recently secured an annual pounds 1
million of private and public funding for its Education Action Zone, a
public-private partnership dedicated to improving schools standards in
31 schools in eastern Basildon. This includes pounds 250,000 of private
grants from companies including Ford and Tesco.
Basildon Council is also overseeing the opening next month of the new
pounds 40 million Festival Leisure Park. The complex will include a
multi-screen cinema, restaurants, a bowling land and a sports centre.