Number 10 appoints BIS' Jennifer Poole to boost digital comms

Downing Street has poached the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' head of digital engagement to bolster its web capabilities.

Downing Street: Digital move
Downing Street: Digital move

Jennifer Poole joined Downing Street on Monday to take the role of news and content manager, with a brief to improve Number 10's website copy and other content.

She is working directly for Nick Jones in the nine-strong digital comms team. Jones joined earlier this month as interim head of digital at Number 10 and the Cabinet Office, although he also continues in his existing role of interactive director for the COI.

One insider said of Poole's hire: 'They have been a bit low on resources after the large restructuring. She's a good strong content person.'

Another recent appointment to the team is Anthony Simon, who joined as senior digital campaigns manager in August. The moves follows the merging of Downing Street and the Cabinet Office comms units into a single team.

A Downing Street source said: 'Digital comms is a completely merged team because it now supports Number 10, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office's work.'

Poole had worked at BIS for two years and was previously a senior speechwriter at the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. She has also worked as a ministerial speechwriter at the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

It is understood that Jones is expected to be working closely with Michael Warren's cross-government campaigns unit.

The news comes as Cabinet Office content manager Claire Collins goes on maternity leave, after which she will return to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, from where she was seconded.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

Department store John Lewis is to use its 150th anniversary this year to talk about its history, which "not enough people know about", according to director of communications Peter Cross.

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

The man who helped Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections is to work for Labour along with members of his team.

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Pay-TV giant Sky has added Fever PR to its agency line-up for a wide-ranging brief covering products and services.

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been sent home for Easter and will reconvene on Tuesday for further deliberations about its verdicts on 11 charges of indecent assault.

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

The Home Office has tasked Munro & Forster (M&F) with supporting its campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of a wider retained brief.