Julian Eccles, senior public affairs consultant at Hill and
Knowlton, has been appointed as special adviser to the National Heritage
Secretary, Chris Smith.
During his time at H&K as senior associate director, Eccles specialised
in IT, broadcasting, lottery issues.
H&K senior account director, Simon Pearse said: ’There was a wide-spread
expectation that he would get some sort of post. We are looking to make
another appointment in the next few weeks, and are looking for a serious
Eccles worked with the Labour Party, prior to working at Hill and
Knowlton, as election co-ordinator for the general secretary in 1992 and
in the policy directorate from 1984 to 1989.
As special adviser, Eccles will be responsible for helping the Heritage
Secretary and Ministers make the department ’more meaningful to British
people and more relevant to their daily lives’.
’The department has previously been regarded as a political
after-thought,’ said Eccles. ’This is not the case with the new
The Department’s remit covers a wide range - from museums and galleries
’We want to get in touch with and draw on the information of people
involved in the industries,’ said Eccles. ’We release that you can’t
expect Ministers and advisers to have a monopoly on new ideas. We’ve got
a very open door policy.’
Chris Smith is reported to be contemplating a change of name for the
Department of National Heritage, possibly to the Department of Culture