The Intervention Board, the Government agency responsible for
administering European agricultural subsidies, is seeking to fill the
new post of head of communications and secretariat, as part of a drive
to improve its internal and external PR.
The appointee will report to CEO George Trevelyan and oversee press
relations, internal communication, publications, customer relations and
the agency’s web site.
Publications were previously handled within a separate department - the
Intervention Board’s business excellence unit. As a result of these
additional responsibilities, the three-strong communications team is
likely to be expanded to encompass a post responsible for design and
corporate image within the department.
As secretary to the agency’s management board, the head of
communications will also be responsible for providing administrative
support to the agency’s board and senior management.
Gordon Munro, chief press officer, said: ’After internal surveys, we
recognised we needed to promote our internal communications in a
different way. We also haven’t been very proactive about promoting
ourselves externally - we need to push our PR harder’.
The Intervention Board is accountable to four Government departments:
the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Offices and the Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It funds, administers and accounts for
UK payments from the European Common Agricultural Policy, including
subsidies to farmers and products traders.