New DSS media head is former Mirror journalist

The Department of Social Security has appointed ex-Mirror journalist Sheree Dodd to the newly created role of its head of media relations.

The Department of Social Security has appointed ex-Mirror

journalist Sheree Dodd to the newly created role of its head of media

relations.



Dodd joins the DSS at a time of great welfare reform following two years

in Belfast as deputy director of communications at the Northern Ireland

office. Before joining the civil service she was at the Daily Mirror for

12 years as a lobby correspondent.



Dodd will report to the director of communications at the DSS, Simon

MacDowall, in a role that has been upgraded from chief press officer

since the previous incumbent Sian Lewis, left to join the Health and

Safety Executive last autumn.



Dodd said: ’My husband is based in London so I always wanted to come

back. The Government has a strong welfare reform initiative and I look

forward to working on it.’



MacDowall said: ’I was looking for someone who could provide leadership

and management of the press office. It is a question of overseeing the

day-to-day liaison with the press, and advising ministers.’ MacDowall

said Dodd would be involved with implementing aspects of the ministerial

agenda, such as changes to the Child Support Agency, and the new pension

system.



’The challenge is to get these new policies understood,’ he added. ’She

has a good understanding of journalism and the anatomy of a story and

that is the kind of person we need.’



In Belfast Dodd handled press surrounding the Good Friday agreement and

the referendum and worked for two secretaries of state.



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