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Can HS2 be polished? On 25 April 2012 PR week reported that Hampshire’s own Jill Pearcy had been appointed Head of Communications at HS2 Ltd.

Jill Pearcy has joined the HS2 project after working for it on a freelance basis. Before this, she spent two years as head of media relations for the National Air Traffic Control Service. She took up the £60,000-a-year post on Tuesday.
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Pearcy is responsible for ‘ensuring clarity of message across a range of media channels’, an overhaul of the HS2 website, and overseeing speeches and presentations for board members.

On 28 June 2012 the government announced that HS2 Ltd had appointed Tony Blair’s former spin doctor and Olympic ‘deliverance commissioner’ Godric Smith to a non-executive director position.

Godric Smith said:

High speed rail has an important part to play in helping modernise our national infrastructure, renew our railways and promote growth. I look forward to making a contribution to the development of HS2 over the next three years.

But HS2 Ltd board minutes from 19 December 2012 revealed that Mr Smith had resigned as a director ‘with effect from 19 December 2012’.

Evidently all is not well in the HS2 spin bunker.

[PR week, 17 April 2013]

The controversial proposed high-speed rail link from London to the north of England, HS2, has hired Andy Taylor as head of public affairs.

Taylor will join on 7 May from the Association of Train Operating Companies, where he has been head of public affairs since 2009.

He will report to Clinton Leeks, director of external and parliamentary relations at HS2, which is a Government-backed company.

Taylor will be responsible for building relationships with national and local elected representatives as HS2 negotiates two key stages.
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Taylor’s £70,000-a-year role includes running a social media campaign to combat opponents’ lobbying efforts.

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April 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

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