End of Railtrack reorganisation

Railtrack, the owner of rail tracks and stations, has completed a reorganisation of its corporate affairs department by appointing two communication heads, responsible for internal and corporate PR.

Railtrack, the owner of rail tracks and stations, has completed a

reorganisation of its corporate affairs department by appointing two

communication heads, responsible for internal and corporate PR.



Ken Hunter, currently employee communications manager at Safeway, will

join Railtrack as head of internal communications next month, reporting

to corporate affairs director Philip Dewhurst.



Hunter will be charged with making staff at Railtrack more responsive to

customers and the train operating companies. ’These are things that the

old railway industry was not very good at,’ said Dewhurst.



Hunter was internal communications manager at energy company the Eastern

Group from 1993 to 1996.



He joins Nicky Louth-Davies, who has been appointed head of corporate

communications. She joined Railtrack two years ago as marketing and

communications manager, and will now be responsible for major

communications projects, advertising, publications, sponsorship, market

research and events.



Before joining Railtrack, Louth-Davies was a PR officer at Oxford

Brookes University. She has also worked for management consultancy Pera

International.



Louth-Davies and Hunter are among five heads appointed to newly-created

posts, reporting to Dewhurst. The others are: Roger Shire, head of media

relations; Simon Miller, head of public affairs; and Peter Durman, head

of investor relations.



Miller was joined this week by newly-appointed public affairs manager

Fiona Bulmer, who reports to him. Bulmer was political adviser to

President of the Board of Trade, Ian Lang for over four years, until

May.



Dewhurst, who joined Railtrack in 1995, oversees a department of 32, and

has partial responsibility for public affairs teams in Birmingham,

Glasgow, Manchester and York, who communicate with local authorities,

MPs and the regional media.



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