Emma Gilpin-Jacobs appointed as Director of Communications to the DPM

News reaches the Voice that Emma Gilpin-Jacobs has been appointed as Nick Clegg’s new Director of Communications. It’s an impressive appointment given Gilpin-Jacobs’s stellar CV, which includes time spent as Global Director of Communications for the Financial Times. You can learn a bit more about her from this interview with Management Today from earlier this year.

Nick Clegg’s chief of staff, Jonny Oates, had this to say in announcing the appointment:

Emma has extensive experience in the communications field. She was Director of Global Communications for the Financial Times Group for seven years, Time Warner’s International Director of Public Affairs for six years as well as having worked for a number of years as a journalist and in communications consultancy.

She will be based in the DPM’s office and will head up the Liberal Democrats’ Communications Team in government. Lena Pietsch will take on the role of Public Relations Director within the Communications Team, working with Emma on public relations initiatives for the DPM.

Emma will work closely with Ryan Coetzee and the communications team at LDHQ, to ensure that the implementation of our strategy is fully aligned.

Congratulations to Emma, who will take up the post early next month.

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  • This comment relates as much if not more to the Conservatives as the Lib Dems.

    What is the nation doing financing high-powered PR professionals whose brief is obviously heavily party-political?

  • Michael Cole 5th Nov '13 - 2:17pm

    Let’s hope that the appointment of Emma Gilpin-Jacobs results in smarter communications of our message. I am very much aware that the majority of the press is biased against us, but our handling of the media has been amateurish to say the least and on some issues it has been downright incompetent.

    The public perception is that since 2010 is that we have sold out and that our MP’s are only interested in the trappings of office. Of course the reality is that we have had to make tough and unpopular decisions in order to clear up the mess inherited from Labour. Many of these decisions do not reflect Lib Dem philosophy but are made within the constraints of the coalition. It needs to be stressed that our MPs are outnumbered 5:1 by Conservatives and hence our influence is limited. The Tories will not hesitate to take the credit for good news and seek to blame the Lib Dems for the bad.

    Let’s hope that Emma Gilpin-Jacobs is very aware of all this and will be able to communicate our message much more effectively.

  • Matthew Huntbach 5th Nov '13 - 10:31pm

    Someone from the business elite background just like all the others who cluelessness about the lives ordinary people live and how our party works on the ground has led to poor advice, poor presentation, and our party going down the drain. I despair.

  • Michael Cole 6th Nov '13 - 12:51pm

    @Snagglepus & Matthew Huntbach

    You may well be right, but you should give the lady a fair chance before passing judgement

  • Peter Watson 6th Nov '13 - 1:17pm

    @Snagglepus “What is the nation doing financing high-powered PR professionals whose brief is obviously heavily party-political?”
    That is something that confused me when I looked at the article and other reports.
    Is this a government / civil service appointment, or a party one?

  • One of the MAIN problems for the Coalition has been the proliferation of professional PRs throughout, led, of course, by Cameron, Danny Alexander, and Grant Shapps / Michael Green. What we need, as Matthew Huntbach implies, is a more down to earth contact network and style of communication, and a real effort to ensure that our actions meet our words. Until that happens, we will continue to go down the tubes, no matter how many Emma double-barrelleds we employ.

  • Tim13 – Exactly. Contrast the Party’s dire lack of resonance with the way Russell Brand’s Newsnight clip has gone viral. He DOES get the rage and frustration with a system that is failing 99% so badly. We should be the ones responding to that, bringing solid analysis to bear on understanding what’s broken and crafting sensible policies to fix it. Instead we have a Party that appears to believe that better PR is the answer to everything and to value joining the Westminster establishment above all else, never mind the principles that get left in the dust.

  • Matthew Huntbach 5th Nov ’13 – 10:31pm
    Someone from the business elite background just like all the others who cluelessness about the lives ordinary people live and how our party works on the ground

    As so often Matthew Huntbach puts into words just what I am thinking.

    Clegg and his coterie need to get out of the Westminster Bubble not recruit from it.

  • Some prophetic comments above, with hindsight…

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