National Heritage set for cultural revolution

Julian Eccles, senior public affairs consultant at Hill and Knowlton, has been appointed as special adviser to the National Heritage Secretary, Chris Smith.

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

player.’



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

Government.’



The Department’s remit covers a wide range - from museums and galleries

to broadcasting.



’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

and Communication.



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