quote start We have already guided Westminster
City Council through a vast transformation
project to reduce costs, initially saving
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We field a team of practitioners and our people form the backbone of our offer.

Julia Corkey

Julia Corkey MCIPR
Expertise: Julia brings a powerful blend of local authority communications and private sector consultancy experience. She directs Westco client campaigns delivering both advice and action at all levels.

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Track Record: A former consumer PR specialist, Julia joined Westminster as Millennium Manager to devise and implement the Council’s Millennium programme. In 2001 Julia joined the Communications Team to develop the marketing side of the operation. She has taken the team from working with an ad-hoc approach to marketing campaigns to a sophisticated campaign management system embedded in the Council’s corporate objectives. She has managed reviews for London boroughs, county councils and district councils and oversees our contracts with the London Boroughs of Sutton, Richmond and Harrow.
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Neil Wholey

Neil Wholey MMRS
Expertise: Neil is Head of Research and Customer Insight at Westminster City Council, and an experienced social researcher. He leads research assignments for Westco clients around the UK in particular developing Reputation Tracker surveys.

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Track Record: He worked for the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute before joining Westminster City Council at the beginning of 2006. Neil manages Westminster’s own public opinion research programme and has worked extensively with a number of different public bodies on research projects. He is a Full Member of the Market Research Society, is Chair of LARIA which represents local researchers and also leads LGinsight set up as a partner organisation to LGcommunications.
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Lindsey

Lindsay Coulson
Expertise: Lindsay is a former journalist who brings frontline skills to Westco clients; from interim communication services to media strategy and implementation.

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Track Record: She is a Senior Communications Manager with Westminster City Council and was previously an award winning editor in chief for Trinity Mirror Southern, editing the Harrow Observer Series and the Ealing Gazette. She has most recently acted as interim head of communications for Southampton City Council. She is our lead on emergency planning communications and has recently supported the emergency media response to the Lakanal tower block fire in Southwark.
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Giles Roca

Giles Roca
Expertise: Giles has a decade’s experience of working with and advising politicians and in delivering political engagement strategies and campaigns. He leads Westminster government relations programme.

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Track Record: Giles was previously Head of Communications at Essex County Council where he led a number of high-profile national campaigns against opposition to a second runway at Stansted and post offices closures. Previously, he headed the authority’s public affairs function campaigning successfully against plans for police mergers and to raise awareness of issues around long-term care of the elderly. Giles has also held positions in the House of Lords and Local Government Association.
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