Downing Street has begun the search for a £100,000-a-year political press spokesman to “communicate with the nation on behalf of the Prime Minister” in televised briefings from the autumn, with several industry names under consideration.
Former journalist and government comms chief Kirsty Buchanan has joined anti-extremism organisation Mainstream as its campaign director.
Public Health England (PHE) has unveiled an integrated behaviour-change campaign, under the brand Better Health, to increase public resilience to COVID-19 and other diseases. It will begin by attempting to tackle endemic obesity in the UK.
Government comms professional Harry Wingfield has been appointed press secretary to the housing minister, Chris Pincher, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), PRWeek has learned.
Network Rail has appointed Sandford, a specialist PR agency in the built environment and design sector, to deliver comms to support the infrastructure organisation’s Buildings and Architecture team.
The UK Space Agency has appointed Ben Hemington, a former chief press officer for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as its head of comms.
Famous brands including Boots, Greene King and McDonald's are supporting an integrated Government campaign, calibrated for the post-lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, to kickstart the economy safely.
A seismic shake-up of Government comms teams will see the current cohort of 4,500 people across more than 20 departments slimmed down to hundreds by next year.
Georgia Jerram will replace Ed Owen as director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Services (HMCTS) when he leaves in July, PRWeek has learned.
A fire and rescue service has launched an integrated campaign to prevent deliberate and accidental fires this summer by using a mountain rescue team to drape a banner with its key messages on a popular climbing and beauty spot.
Fashion photographer and director Rankin has captured a range of powerful portraits of NHS staff who have been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a campaign launched today to celebrate the service's 'birthday'.
NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a summer campaign, driven by behavioural insights, to tell people about the mental-health resources on offer during the pandemic.
Comms professionals at two departments are facing uncertainty over their jobs after the Government announced that the Department for International Development (DfID) will merge with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
The ability of government departments to communicate with the people they serve has always been of paramount importance, and it takes skill and creativity to be heard above the clamour via the medium of social media – even in normal circumstances.
As a communications professional in the public sector, it’s not unusual for me to be asked to take a problem, find a solution, plan a campaign and make sure it’s successful with zero pounds to spare.
PRWeek continues its ongoing partnership with strategic insights consultancy BritainThinks to gauge the public mood on COVID-19.
Recently, I saw a video of former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, reflecting on the racism faced by his parents in the UK, in which he breaks down in tears.
What are the three most important things we know about election campaigns? First and foremost, they don’t change anyone’s mind.
It forced me to cancel my wedding, but COVID-19 has proved the resilience of all police communicators
Everyone has their own story to tell about this exceptional time in our living history, sometimes desperately sad, sometimes just frustrating, but we are lucky – or unlucky, depending on how frazzled you are feeling – in policing communications to have a had a unique insight into the pandemic as it unfolded.
The ‘Let’s get going’ Government information campaign is now all but unavoidable.
Even though companies are now looking at getting back into the office post-lockdown, the road to normality feels like a long one.
New social media channels are constantly entering our ever-evolving media landscape.
It sounds counterintuitive, but if you have been thinking about creating your own PR agency or going solo, then now is a great time.
“Tim, we’ve decided to adapt your role in a strategically streamlined way.” Do people really speak like this when announcing job losses to their colleagues?
The PR industry has always been a sucker for a good imperative. 'Just Do It', 'Make Poverty History', 'Think Different' to name just a few.
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PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions. This column for the week commencing 6 July.
Cicero/AMO has hired Sonia Khan, who was a special adviser to two recent Conservative Chancellors, as a director working across its public affairs and corporate comms teams.
Downing Street special advisor Nick Vaughan has joined MHP’s 20-strong public affairs team as an associate director, PRWeek can reveal.
Judith Porter has been appointed director of communications at the Department for International Development (DfID), replacing Tim Singleton.
Grayling has hired a former special adviser to the ex-Chancellor as an associate director in its public affairs and corporate affairs team.
Former ITV News national editor Allegra Stratton has been appointed director of strategic communications to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak.
PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.