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Cabinet Office appoints award-winning Home Office campaign specialist as new director of comms

Cabinet Office appoints award-winning Home Office campaign specialist as new director of comms

The Cabinet Office has named a Home Office veteran who has led on award-winning campaigns as its director of comms.

Future of NI public sector comms is collaborative and digital, says report

Future of NI public sector comms is collaborative and digital, says report

Public sector comms in Northern Ireland will need to adopt a collaborative approach to campaigns, working with organisations with similar objectives as teams learn to be more effective with fewer resources, according to a new report.

Scottish festive campaign attempts to reverse rise in drink driving

Scottish festive campaign attempts to reverse rise in drink driving

A campaign in Scotland aims to tackle drink driving after a marked increase in the number of motorists caught over the limit last year.

Highways England uses fashion hook to target young male bikers

Highways England uses fashion hook to target young male bikers

A hard-hitting message about motorcycle safety has been delivered in the language of fashion, in a campaign using live PR and social media to connect with young men.

Ashford Council embarks on two-year PR drive to raise borough's profile

Ashford Council embarks on two-year PR drive to raise borough's profile

Ashford Borough Council in Kent is running a proactive PR campaign over the next two years to raise the area's profile as a place to invest, work, live and visit.

London Ambulance Service appoints director of strategy and comms

London Ambulance Service appoints director of strategy and comms

Jamie O'Hara has joined London Ambulance Service as its director of strategy and comms, with a focus on becoming a "world-class service".

Case study: Tinder stunt gives police platform to talk dating safety

Case study: Tinder stunt gives police platform to talk dating safety

An innovative digital campaign helped Avon and Somerset Police bring the message of staying safe while online dating to a focused audience, and could be adopted by other forces.

APComm 2017: Children and young people feel intimidated by police, survey finds

APComm 2017: Children and young people feel intimidated by police, survey finds

Most young people have an indifferent or negative view of the police and view officers as authoritarian or scary, according to the findings of a survey carried out by the National Police Chiefs Council.

'Open warfare' between NHS and Government in battle for hearts and minds over funding

'Open warfare' between NHS and Government in battle for hearts and minds over funding

The NHS has descended into open warfare with the Government over funding following last week's Autumn Budget and comms will be a key weapon to convince the public of its case, a top comms professional for the service has warned.

Public sector collaboration is vital to amplify drowning message, says safety charity

Public sector collaboration is vital to amplify drowning message, says safety charity

A co-ordinated approach by public sector bodies including the police and fire and rescue services is key to bringing a water safety campaign to a wider audience this winter.

Diversity and skills at stake in cross-government engineering campaign

Diversity and skills at stake in cross-government engineering campaign

Tackling a major shortage of skilled engineers and a lack of diversity in the industry is the aim of a cross-governmental campaign to boost the profile of engineering among young people, parents and teachers.

Surge in attacks on ambulance workers sparks anti-abuse campaign

Surge in attacks on ambulance workers sparks anti-abuse campaign

An ambulance service has launched a campaign to highlight violence against its staff after an increase in physical assaults over the past year.

Teachers to share DfT road safety campaign to reduce child deaths

Teachers to share DfT road safety campaign to reduce child deaths

Teachers and schools are helping to deliver a new road safety campaign from the Department for Transport, as it aims to reduce child fatalities on the roads.

Royals face headache with William and Kate likely to be 'overshadowed', says PR man who wrote Harry biography

Royals face headache with William and Kate likely to be 'overshadowed', says PR man who wrote Harry biography

The Royal Family's PR operation faces a conundrum with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge likely to be "massively overshadowed" by his newly engaged brother and wife-to-be Meghan Markle, according to a PR man who covered the princes as a journalist and biographer.

Opinion and features

The right to privacy and personal data applies to all, not just the Premier League

The right to privacy and personal data applies to all, not just the Premier League

Media lawyers and judges have, since the Human Rights Act came into force in 2000, grappled with numerous circumstances where the right to privacy competes with other rights, perhaps most notably the rights of the media to freedom of expression.

Interns are people too - so why can't a 'people business' like PR recognise that?

Interns are people too - so why can't a 'people business' like PR recognise that?

In the PR world we often use the phrase "we're a people business", yet, in parallel, we hear about PR companies exploiting young people with unpaid work experience and internships designed to "open doors" to a career in communications.

So, you want my job? Comms officer for the East of England Ambulance Service

So, you want my job? Comms officer for the East of England Ambulance Service

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Adam Gretton's job as comms officer for the East of England Ambulance Service?

Are you biased against women at work? Probably, and it's usually unconscious

Are you biased against women at work? Probably, and it's usually unconscious

Look around any PR agency and the chances are you'll see more women than men because PR is an industry that is inclusive of women at every level - except the very top.

Pitching, planning and reflecting - why December is not dead time for PR

Pitching, planning and reflecting - why December is not dead time for PR

In a recent client meeting, it was said, "well, then we are into mid-November, and then it's Christmas, so dead time".

Austerity, terrorism and behaviour change: how police comms has changed since 2013

Austerity, terrorism and behaviour change: how police comms has changed since 2013

Everyone talks about how fast communication is moving, and it is so true; back in 2013 we weren't dealing with terror attacks on our doorstep and communication teams in the public sector were just starting to feel the bite of austerity.

So, you want my job? Media & comms manager at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS)

So, you want my job? Media & comms manager at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS)

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Rachel Anstee's job as media and comms manager at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service?

How public health marketing has changed over 100 years and where it's headed next

How public health marketing has changed over 100 years and where it's headed next

Public Health England is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Ministry of Information during World War I with an exhibition tracing the development of public health campaigns over the last century.

So, you want my job? Senior press officer, National Audit Office

So, you want my job? Senior press officer, National Audit Office

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Stephen Luxford's job as senior Press Officer for the National Audit Office.

Our guide to modern public sector comms in NI could help transform the sector

Our guide to modern public sector comms in NI could help transform the sector

Public sector communications is challenging. In Northern Ireland, it is no less so. It's also changing. Last year, a group of professionals came together to set up the Northern Ireland Public Sector Communications Forum (NIPSCF).

'A hard road to walk' - can brands advertise with the Daily Mail and still keep customers on side?

'A hard road to walk' - can brands advertise with the Daily Mail and still keep customers on side?

So Paperchase has apologised to its followers on social media after objections were aired to the promotional deal it ran on the front page of Saturday's print edition of the Daily Mail.

Recent public sector people moves

Press regulator hires former Michael Howard and PCC comms man to code committee

Press regulator hires former Michael Howard and PCC comms man to code committee

Alternative press regulator Impress has appointed Jonathan Collett, a former spokesman for ex-Conservative Party leader Michael Howard, to its code committee.

Does God do Twitter? Church of England appoints new director of comms with focus on social media

Does God do Twitter? Church of England appoints new director of comms with focus on social media

The Church of England's communications department will be headed up by new director Tashi Lassalle.

Porter Novelli hires Ravi Sunnak as EVP, sustainable development goals

Porter Novelli hires Ravi Sunnak as EVP, sustainable development goals

It's a new role at the Omnicom Group agency.

Home Office appoints veteran BBC journalist as new director of comms

Home Office appoints veteran BBC journalist as new director of comms

Former BBC newsman Andy Tighe has been appointed director of comms for the Home Office after a short period as interim director, PRWeek can reveal.

Angela Merkel campaigns adviser Joachim Koschnicke to become Hering Schuppener partner

Angela Merkel campaigns adviser Joachim Koschnicke to become Hering Schuppener partner

Joachim Koschnicke has been hired by Hering Schuppener, the European sister firm of Finsbury and Glover Park, following a short stint as head of strategic planning and strategic comms to German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Ogilvy EMEA MD and former Gordon Brown aides joins WPP government practice

Ogilvy EMEA MD and former Gordon Brown aides joins WPP government practice

Iain Bundred, a top Ogilvy PR executive and former political spokesman to ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has been appointed executive director of WPP's Government and Public Sector Practice.

Career Government comms chief Simon Wren leaves Home Office

Career Government comms chief Simon Wren leaves Home Office

Simon Wren has left his position as director of comms at the Home Office, PRWeek has learned, following a career spanning 20 years as a senior-level comms chief across government.