Norfolk Council hires first head of comms

Norfolk County Council is to bring in Joanna Hannam as its first head of communications early next year.

Norfolk County Council is to bring in Joanna Hannam as its first

head of communications early next year.



Hannam will join the council from Norfolk Health Authority, where she is

currently director of its health improvement programme.



The council created the role in the summer, after director of strategy

and personnel Alan Tidmarsh brought in local government communications

consultancy Citigate Westminster to carry out a communications

audit.



Citigate has recommended an upgraded senior communications role within

the council and an expanded communications structure.



Prior to Hannam’s appointment, the most senior communications role was

held by press office manager Bernard Farrant, who oversaw a department

of three. Farrant is due to retire early next year.



Hannam will take responsibility for an expanded communications team,

initially numbering six, which will bring together the press office and

three separate communications and marketing roles from separate parts of

the council.



Tidmarsh said Hannam’s first task will be to expand the team: ’She has a

fair few sizeable appointments to make; she will then have to take the

essence of the Citigate report and implement it to produce agreed

outcomes.’



Hannam has been given an initial budget to fill two community

consultation posts, which will fall within the department, and a

dedicated marketing executive. These are new roles which will bring the

team up to a full strength of nine. Hannam will report to chief

executive Tim Byles through Tidmarsh.



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