Redevelopment plans for Billericay candidate

English Partnerships, the government body for economic development and urban regeneration, has appointed former Labour parliamentary candidate Paul Richards as media relations manager.

English Partnerships, the government body for economic development

and urban regeneration, has appointed former Labour parliamentary

candidate Paul Richards as media relations manager.



Richards was Labour’s candidate for Billericay in the general election,

when he reduced Teresa Gorman’s Tory majority from around 23,000 to just

over 1,000. A former researcher for Ann Taylor MP, Richards worked as a

PR officer for the Association of County Councils, which has now been

replaced by the Local Government Association.



Richards is one of two new appointments to English Partnerships, which

is in the process of reviewing its PR and marketing set-up. Caroline

Inman has also joined as a press officer from Kent County Council.



Last December, PR Week revealed English Partnerships was looking for a

PR company to conduct a strategic review of its communications in a bid

to get the separate PR and marketing departments working more closely

together. Richards said that process continues.



’We want to be able to evaluate our public relations and marketing

impact across the organisation in a uniform way, and that may mean the

central PR team working more closely with the six regional offices who

have their own PR functions,’ he said. Richards added that he was hoping

to make a quick appointment.



The organisation is also considering the creation of a director-level

communications role, candidates for which could include Richards,

marketing manager Kay Exton and senior press officer Karen Leech, who is

currently on maternity leave.



English Partnerships was set up in April 1994 to bring together public

and private finance for regeneration and urban development schemes. It

also has the responsibility of reclaiming huge swathes of former English

coalfields.



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