Lane joins the consultancy from the Department for Education, where he was chief press officer responsible for schools.
Prior to his work at the DfE, Lane was part of the communications team at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, where he oversaw the first “Takeover Day”, which involved more than 10,000 children and young people working with 400 organisations, including Manchester United and BSkyB.
Lane is a former local journalist, working as a news editor and reporter for award-winning titles in the Archant and Newsquest stables, including the South Wales Argus.
PLMR represents academy chains and school trusts in both the state and private sector, as well as working with academic publisher Oxford University Press.
Elin Twigge, Deputy Managing Director of PLMR, said: “PLMR continues to grow from strength to strength and we are absolutely delighted to welcome Oliver to our team. From his in-depth understanding of the schools landscape, to his sharp eye for news, we look forward to Oliver bringing his wealth of experience to bear for clients across the business.”
Speaking on his appointment, Lane said: “I am delighted to have joined as high-class an agency as PLMR. I have been impressed for a number of years by their work, not just because of the service they provide and results they achieve for their clients, but their ethical approach.”