Lorraine Langham, executive director and former assistant CEO (PR
and communications) for Hackney Council, received a special IPR award
for outstanding contribution to local government relations at last
week’s IPR local government group conference.
Langham’s role at the beleaguered council has been described as ’the
toughest PR job in the UK’. Hackney also picked up the PR Week sponsored
external campaigns award for its ’safer streets’ campaign.
The group’s AGM, usually held at the conference, was postponed because
members have not yet chosen this year’s chair. Joint vice-chair Jane
Knox, PR adviser at Forest Heath District Council, was until recently
theonly candidate for the chair. But she is now being challenged by
Laurie Bell, PR manager at North Wiltshire District Council.
The two candidates are divided over what the group’s role should be.
Knox wants to raise the profile of PR in local government, while Bell
thinks the group should simply provide tools for council PR officers to
do their jobs.