Following the departure of LARAC’s Head of External Affairs, John Coates, a new LARAC staffing structure was agreed by the Executive and Board of Directors at their last meeting.
Carole Taylor (pictured), LARAC’s Internal Affairs Manager since May 2022, now becomes LARAC’s Executive Director, taking on some extra responsibilities previously carried out by the Head of External Affairs.
And in order to ensure that LARAC’s key member services continue to be delivered, a new role of Policy and Communications Lead has been created.
Carole said, “I’m pleased to be taking on a new role within LARAC and looking forward to leading the new structure as we enter 2023. The Consistency response from DEFRA will be available soon and this is very important for our members to be able to plan and develop services effectively.
The Consistency response from DEFRA will be available soon and this is very important for our members to be able to plan and develop services effectively.
“The new role of Policy and Communications Lead (PCL) will be there to continue to keep our members up to date on the latest policy developments, including regular updates, briefings, webinars and workshops”.
Andrew Bird, Chair of LARAC’s Appointments and Remuneration Committee, said “We recently carried out a survey of our members and it is clear that the policy work LARAC does is highly valued.
“As a membership organisation we are keen to give our members more of what they want, and I think the new structure will do exactly that. The new role of Policy and Communications Lead is a great opportunity for someone keen to represent Local Authorities at a UK level.”
The LARAC staff also consists of Mariana McManus who is LARAC’s Support Officer. Mariana deals with memberships queries, maintains and develops the website, compiles and sends LARAC Online and the Policy Briefing and provides support to the LARAC Executive and Board of Directors.