Palace asks for industry PR secondments

The headhunter hired by Buckingham Palace to find a director of communications has written to chairmen and chief executives of FTSE-100 companies asking them to second communciations directors to the Palace.

The headhunter hired by Buckingham Palace to find a director of

communications has written to chairmen and chief executives of FTSE-100

companies asking them to second communciations directors to the

Palace.



The letter, sent out last week by headhunter Tyzack and Partners

following consultation with Royal staff, asks executives to consider

seconding communications heads to the Palace for up to four days a week

for the next two to three years.



One communications director who was approached said: ’They want someone

to go in there and look at a reorganisation of the internal structure.’

The Royal Family currently operates two press offices: one at Buckingham

Palace, headed by press secretary Geoffrey Crawford and another at

St.



James’s Palace, headed by press secretary Sandy Henney. It is thought

that one of the tasks faced by the appointed adviser is to review this

system.



A Tyzack source confirmed the approaches had been made: ’The recruitment

strategy involves us considering the route of secondment. But we are

also conducting a conventional search.’



By taking a seconded communications adviser the Palace would save

costs.



The salaries of the Royal family’s press staff are paid for by the

monarch and this is expected to apply to the new adviser.



’Any company which gets involved will be looked on kindly by the

Palace,’ said the FTSE-100 company source.



Leader, p9.



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