Troubled English National Opera has appointed a crisis-management head of communications from the corporate sector. His salary will amount to the cost of at least one production. He has been self-employed for the past year.
His cv reads:
Influential and experienced corporate communications director with an impressive track record spanning corporate communications, investor relations and sales and marketing. Expert at protecting reputation during intense periods of change and skilled at building strategic alliances to drive business profile and generate revenue in both UK and international markets. Highly experienced at leveraging City, media, government and employee audiences to develop blue chip consumer and business-to-business brands, including: Abbey National plc/Santander UK, British Airways, RSA and Deloitte.
Key areas of expertise:
Reputation management crisis communications
Regulatory, Government, Corporate Governance, CR and Public Affairs
Digital media and marketing
City and Investor Relations
Building and developing high performance communications functions
Can’t see the benefit, can you?
Thomas (Coops) joined the firm yesterday and takes overall responsibility for ENO’s media, external affairs and public affairs activities and internal communications. The appointment is one of several moves being led by ENO’s new Interim CEO Cressida Pollock to develop ENO and create new audiences for opera through English language performances which are enjoyable, accessible and affordable to everyone.
Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in blue chip FTSE 100 corporate communications and investor relations roles. He has held senior communications director roles at British Airways, Deloitte, RSA and Abbey National and was managing director of Weber Shandwick’s financial practice.
Cressida Pollock said: “I’m really delighted that we have secured someone with the experience, insight and track record that Thomas offers.”
Thomas Coops commented: “It is an exciting time to join ENO and I look forward to playing my part in helping to deliver ENO’s ambitious plans”