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St Helena : St Helena KERISHA STEVENS TO UK FOR WHITEHALL ATTACHMENTS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.02.2013 (Article Archived on 02.03.2013)

SHG Public Relations Officer, Kerisha Stevens, this week travels to the UK to undertake a six-week programme of work experience attached to UK Government Press Offices, funded under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund.

KERISHA STEVENS TO UK FOR WHITEHALL ATTACHMENTS


 


SHG Public Relations Officer, Kerisha Stevens, this week travels to the UK to undertake a six-week programme of work experience attached to UK Government Press Offices, funded under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund. Arranged by Chief of Public Relations, Ian Jones, these work placements will run from 21 February until 5 April, and include attachments to the Press Offices of the FCO, the Department for International Development (DfID), Buckingham Palace, the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice. In addition, Kerisha will spend time working on media relations with major UK charity, WaterAid, and PR agency, Keene Communications.Kerisha will gain front line experience of reactive and proactive press work, events management, digital and social media, media monitoring, internal communications, campaigning and lobbying, plus some policy work and Ministerial exposure. These placements will provide Kerisha with hands-on experience and new skills, an international best-practice perspective from the centre of UK Government, and opportunities to network with UK colleagues.


 


Ian said:


 


‘The objective in all of this is invaluable knowledge transfer – that’s what it’s all about. This is an incredible opportunity for Kerisha; very few people would get this chance. But I think she’s at the right point in her career and I know she’ll make the most of it.


 


‘Kerisha will have some incredible experiences, and her time in Whitehall will leave her better placed to support SHG strategic communications and better able to deal with people at all levels, inside and outside Government. And as she’ll mostly be working for personal contacts of mine, I know she will be well looked after! I’m sure this will do wonders for both her professional skills and her self-confidence.’


 


Kerisha commented:


‘I am hugely looking forward to my six week secondment in London and the opportunity to work with different organisations, learning their practices and how I can apply this knowledge to my work on St Helena.


 


‘This will be an incredible chance for me to build on my skills in the communications arena. The variety of the programme and practical experience will also be a valuable asset towards my current study of a Masters in Media, Communication and Public Relations.’


 


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund was created as a result of the recent Overseas Territories (OT’s) White Paper - providing support to Territories to develop good governance and supporting the exchange of expertise between public servants in the UK and OT’s, providing Territory officials with opportunities to work with colleagues in the UK.


 


Following her attachments, and after a period of leave in the UK, Kerisha will arrive back on-Island on 11 May 2013.


 


SHG


12 February 2013

 

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