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
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
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
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.