Red Cross appoints Talbot as new head of communications

The British Red Cross has appointed Phil Talbot, deputy director of communications at the NSPCC, as its new director of communications.

He will start his new role in July, taking over from Tim Pemberton who was caretaking the role after former communications director William Beaver left the charity in August. Pemberton will return to his previous role as head of communications co-ordination.

Talbot, who said he has great personal affinity with the Red Cross's humanitarian agenda, will oversee a wide range of activities including the charity's press and public relations, marketing and campaigns.

"There are only a few jobs that I would have left the NSPCC for," he said. "It has been a privilege to work there, but I am leaving for a very special role."

He joined the NSPCC in 1999 as head of internal communications. Before that, he worked at The Body Shop for seven years, where he had several senior PR roles.

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