Pollard takes Courage job

Nigel Pollard, Westminster Council’s head of communications, is leaving to join brewing company Courage as external relations manager.

Nigel Pollard, Westminster Council’s head of communications, is

leaving to join brewing company Courage as external relations

manager.



Pollard, who has been in his current post for two years, takes up the

newly-created Courage job in April. At Courage, part of brewing and pubs

giant Scottish and Newcastle, his role will include developing an

external relations strategy, media relations, local government affairs,

special events and sponsorship.



At Westminster Council, Pollard heads a five-strong in-house team. He

also manages the council’s relationship with John Kendall Associates,

which provides Westminster’s seven-strong press office team.



Pollard, who is assisting in the search for his replacement, says the

council is ’looking for a seasoned PR professional, not necessarily a

local government person’. He said there were no plans to review John

Kendall Associates’ role.



Pollard’s successor will report to Peter Thomas, Westminster’s director

of policy and regeneration, not Graham England, who as director of

external relations formerly oversaw communications.



England - who was one of six senior Westminster figures found guilty of

wilful misconduct by district auditor John Magill, in the Westminster

homes-for-votes investigation - is now handling special council projects

following re-organisations.



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