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Government comms chief departs for senior policy role

Government comms chief departs for senior policy role

Sam Lister, the director of comms at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has left his job to take on a senior cross-government policy role, PRWeek has learned.

Former England players in campaign to safeguard football fans

Former England players in campaign to safeguard football fans

A series of short films fronted by former England footballers are playing a key part in a new counter-terrorism campaign targeting fans watching World Cup games in pubs and other public places.

HEE recruitment campaign highlights perks of nursing

HEE recruitment campaign highlights perks of nursing

A new campaign for Health Education England (HEE) to boost the number of people doing nursing degrees will target people applying for the 2019 intake as well as those who have been unsuccessful winning a place at university this year.

Government calls on public sector to help build crisis comms toolkit

Government calls on public sector to help build crisis comms toolkit

The Government is calling on other public sector bodies to contribute to a best practice platform for crisis management, according to Cabinet Office head of civil contingency comms Carol McCall.

Open University opens tender for £17m marcoms and media accounts

Open University opens tender for £17m marcoms and media accounts

The Open University (OU) is seeking agency support for its consumer-facing marketing accounts - encompassing PR, social media, creative and media buying - worth a combined £17m per year.

Worldwide news consumption via Facebook falls for the first time

Worldwide news consumption via Facebook falls for the first time

Use of social media to consume news has fallen for the first time in key markets after years of continuous growth, according to a new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Britain behind the curve in fighting fake news, admits government comms chief

Britain behind the curve in fighting fake news, admits government comms chief

Russia is better equipped than Britain when it comes to waging a propaganda war, with the Kremlin orchestrating a "cloud of lies" in response to the Salisbury poisoning, Alex Aiken, executive director of the Government Communication Service, has warned.

Public sector comms plans don't work without effective social, NHSBT tells conference delegates

Public sector comms plans don't work without effective social, NHSBT tells conference delegates

Social media engagement is vital to ensuring organisational success and helping public sector campaigns with limited budgets punch above their weight, delegates heard at the annual NHS Confederation's Comms Conference on Tuesday.

Case study: TfL campaign urges commuters to give up their seats

Case study: TfL campaign urges commuters to give up their seats

Case studies of disabled and pregnant commuters have helped highlight the challenge of commuting to work faced by those with difficulties getting around, in a campaign by Transport for London (TfL) that has reached millions of people.

Breck's Last Game: Story of teenage boy's murder to be dramatised in police film

Breck's Last Game: Story of teenage boy's murder to be dramatised in police film

The harrowing story of how a 14-year-old schoolboy from Surrey was groomed and lured to his death is the subject of a new film funded by police comms chiefs that will be shown in secondary schools later this year.

FCO to educate holidaymakers about local laws to help reduce consular pressure

FCO to educate holidaymakers about local laws to help reduce consular pressure

Britons planning to go on holiday could have their medicine confiscated or even end up in jail if they bring certain medications with them, warns a new campaign by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Public sector comms professionals receive accolades in Queen's Birthday Honours

Public sector comms professionals receive accolades in Queen's Birthday Honours

Two public sector comms professionals - one from Transport for London (TfL) and the other from the Scottish Government - have been recognised in the annual Queen's Birthday honours list.

NHS appoints comms chief for NW London

NHS appoints comms chief for NW London

Rory Hegarty has been appointed director of comms and engagement for a collaboration of eight NHS clinical commissioning groups in north west London.

ICO's GDPR awareness campaign aims to increase public trust

ICO's GDPR awareness campaign aims to increase public trust

The Information Commissioner's Office is rolling out a long-term campaign to improve public trust and confidence in the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Opinion and features

Which local authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are best at using Twitter?

Which local authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are best at using Twitter?

Budgets across public sector comms continue to be squeezed, with the mantra of 'do more for less' becoming a familiar cry. Local authority comms teams are no exception and the attraction of free social media platforms to convey messages to large audiences is clear. But which local authorities are the most active - and the most effective - on Twitter?

So, you want my job? Comms manager, Office for Nuclear Regulation

So, you want my job? Comms manager, Office for Nuclear Regulation

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Jo deBank's job as comms manager at the Office for Nuclear Regulation?

So, you want my job? Comms director, City of London Police

So, you want my job? Comms director, City of London Police

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Teresa La Thangue's job as comms director at City of London Police?

There's a new Cannes Lions category this year that is very GOOD

There's a new Cannes Lions category this year that is very GOOD

Did you know that there has been a plan put in place to save the world?

HS1 seeks agency for £1.15m corporate comms brief

HS1 seeks agency for £1.15m corporate comms brief

HS1 has launched a competitive tender process for its corporate comms work, currently held by Pagefield.

Coming out of special measures is an opportunity to reshape the narrative around London Ambulance Service

Coming out of special measures is an opportunity to reshape the narrative around London Ambulance Service

I joined London Ambulance Service in April and realised very quickly that there was a really good opportunity to enhance our brand and help grow confidence in our organisation.

So, you want my job? Deputy director business partnerships at the Government Communication Service

So, you want my job? Deputy director business partnerships at the Government Communication Service

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Shevaun Haviland's job as deputy director business partnerships in the Government Communication Service?

Which local authorities in England are best at using Twitter?

Which local authorities in England are best at using Twitter?

Budgets across public sector comms continue to be squeezed, with the mantra of 'do more for less' becoming a familiar cry. Local authority comms teams are no exception and the attraction of free social media platforms to convey messages to large audiences is clear. But which local authorities are the most active - and the most effective - on Twitter?

Trump's trade war is on message with his campaign promises - and there's worse to come

Trump's trade war is on message with his campaign promises - and there's worse to come

He came to my home town - Atlantic City, New Jersey - in the late 1970s looking for riches from the newly legalised gaming industry.

So, you want my job? Head of external affairs and insight at the Department for Work and Pensions

So, you want my job? Head of external affairs and insight at the Department for Work and Pensions

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Sasha Fuller's job as head of external affairs and insight at the Department for Work and Pensions?

Department for Business leads on Government's flagship minimum wage campaign

Department for Business leads on Government's flagship minimum wage campaign

Poorly paid workers are being targeted by government comms chiefs in an attempt to ensure that they are receiving the wages they are legally entitled to.

Recent public sector people moves

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Sagar Sharma will join the children's charity Barnardo's as director of policy and comms at the end of July, following nearly a decade and a half in Government comms.

Norfolk County Council appoints new comms chief

Norfolk County Council appoints new comms chief

Clive Power, a veteran public sector comms consultant with a background in health and local government, has been appointed interim head of comms at Norfolk County Council.

DVLA promotes Elin Price to senior external comms lead

DVLA promotes Elin Price to senior external comms lead

The Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency has promoted Elin Price to the role of senior external comms lead, handing her the reins to the government body's press relations and marketing.

Hanover recruits ex-Liberty Global and News UK comms chief Guto Harri

Hanover recruits ex-Liberty Global and News UK comms chief Guto Harri

Hanover has hired former Boris Johnson aide Guto Harri as a senior adviser, following his two-year stint at Liberty Global.

Number 10 makes ex-Sun PR man Dylan Sharpe head of broadcast

Number 10 makes ex-Sun PR man Dylan Sharpe head of broadcast

Dylan Sharpe, a former adviser to Damian Green, has been named as Theresa May's new head of broadcast.

New government comms chief plans to build HMRC's reputation and review 'brand persona'

New government comms chief plans to build HMRC's reputation and review 'brand persona'

HMRC has appointed veteran government communicator Poli Stuart-Lacey as its new director of comms with plans to build the department's reputation and review its "brand persona".

UK Anti-Doping completes new-look comms team with hire from LTA

UK Anti-Doping completes new-look comms team with hire from LTA

The agency responsible for combatting drug use in sports has fully revamped its comms team ahead of the launch of a new organisational strategy in April.