Joining the LGcomms national executive

For a good few years now I’ve been impressed with the work that’s been done by LGcomms – the national professional body for local government communications – in developing a more positive professionalised and strategic approach to communications in local government.

Their joint work with other bodies like the LGA has led to some major milestones in the sector – including the original reputation guide (2007) and its successor the New Reputation Guide (2010).

Having returned from a part-time secondment outside the communications sphere earlier this year, I was keen to get back to working on some projects that will help push the sector forward and to ensure my teams and I benefit from the learning opportunities that LGcomms can give us.

So I was really excited to have the opportunity to join the national executive committee in May.  I attended my first meeting a couple of weeks ago and was impressed by the professionalism and drive of my fellow committee members (including a couple of representatives from the excellent Future Leaders scheme).

There’s loads of great stuff planned for the year ahead. I’m particularly looking forward to setting up a one-day employee engagement seminar with some top notch speakers as well as working with other committee members on other projects.

But more on that another time.

This article originally appeared on Simon Wakeman’s communications, marketing and public relations blog at


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