The Jewish Chronicle
Israel research centre faces staff exodus
FOUR OUT of 11 staff at Bicom, the British Israel Communications and Research Centre, have quit since the arrival of the new chief executive, Lorna Fitzsimons, last summer .
A post of director of communications, carrying a £75,000 salary, was advertised this week by the organisation, which was set up to counter anti-Israel propaganda. The advertisement called for knowledge of the BBC.
The other advertised posts are head of media, which pays £50,000, and a press officer (£25,000).
Leaving the organisation is the current director of media relations, Ben Novick, for a job with internet search engine Google.
The director of public affairs and campaigns, Ruth Smeeth, is heading for Nestlé, media-relations manager Sharonne Durkin has taken a public-relations job with the education organisation Schoolfriend, and publicaffairs officer John Timothy is moving to Tesco.
A Bicom spokesman said: “The new post of director of communications is part of the chief executive’s strategy for the future, that Bicom will concentrate more on the media.
“The BBC is mentioned because it is an important, publicly funded body and, whoever is appointed, will need to have an understanding of it. We have very good relations with the BBC and contributed to its impartial review.”