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
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
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
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
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.