BICOM names Kehoe as director of media and public affairs

Dermot Kehoe has joined the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM) as director of media and public affairs.

Dermot Kehoe
Dermot Kehoe

Most recently he worked in government as director of comms and stakeholder engagement at the Identity & Passport Service in the Home Office and, before that, he was managing director of the Social Market Foundation think-tank.
Kehoe, whose media experience includes more than eight years at the BBC in comms and PA roles as well as working on Channel 4’s Iraq Commission (2007) and Street Weapons Commission (2008), said: “I am delighted to be joining BICOM at this crucial time in relations between Israel and the UK. Giving a voice to Israel has never been easy, but the need for an honest, authoritative and effective voice is now more important than ever. I am excited to be bringing new ideas to tackling these challenges.”
He reports to chief executive Lorna Fitzsimons, the former Labour MP.
Two further new members of staff are also joining 14-strong BICOM. Luke Akehurst will start on 15 August as director of campaigns for ‘We Believe in Israel’, the ‘public advocacy network’ launched in May. He is currently a director in Weber Shandwick’s public affairs team.
Also joining, to work on a number of special projects, is Professor Alan Johnson, the founder and editor of Democratiya, an online journal that merged with the US magazine Dissent in 2009 when Johnson joined Dissent’s editorial board. He is a founder member of Labour Friends of Iraq.
BICOM’s former public affairs head was Nicki Cohen, who left in January.

2nd August 2011 by Ian Hall

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