The Jewish Chronicle

Israel research centre faces staff exodus

- BY LEON SYMONS

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.”

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Lorna Fitzsimons, the new CEO

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