Sagar moves to Millennium Central

Millennium Central, the body set up to organise the Millennium Exhibition, has drafted in a former aide to Tony Blair to head its press and parliamentary affairs department.

Millennium Central, the body set up to organise the Millennium

Exhibition, has drafted in a former aide to Tony Blair to head its press

and parliamentary affairs department.



Gez Sagar, who has worked with the Labour party since 1988, and most

recently as a writer in Blair’s election campaign office, has been

appointed to the newly-created post.



His first lobbying job will be to secure long-term commitment from the

Labour government to guarantee the future of the Millennium

Exhibition.



’As the project is currently under review and key decisions about the

project still have to be taken, it is useful to understand how the

Labour Party works,’ said Sagar.



As well as building relationships with local authorities and MPs, Sagar

will run the press office which, by the end of June, should be fully

staffed with four press officers plus clerical support.



He will also oversee a programme of national events designed to generate

enthusiasm among the public for the Millennium Exhibition in the lead up

to the year 2000.



Sagar will report to Millennium Central’s chief executive Jennie Page

while the rest of the senior management team is being put in place.

Sagar confirmed that in the meantime M&C Saatchi partner Bill Muirhead

was acting director of communications.



Although he has not been appointed to the post, Sagar said that Muirhead

was ’involved in discussions regarding marketing strategy and what to

say to the Department of National Heritage’.



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