DWP shakes up comms team ahead of John Shield exit

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has made Deborah Hankins acting director of comms amid a wider reshuffle.

Hankins, previously deputy director for claimant and campaign comms, will step into the role when incumbent John Shield joins the BBC next month and ahead of the permanent job being advertised.

Also moving is Jonathan Reed, formerly the chief press officer running the DWP’s employment desk and now head of news.

He had filled the role on an interim basis since the departure of Stewart Todd for the Financial Conduct Authority in May.

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