BBC Trust head of comms appointed

The head of news at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to take the top comms role at the BBC Trust.

Devane: BBC Trust head of comms appontment
Devane: BBC Trust head of comms appontment

Mark Devane has been appointed head of comms at the trust, the independent governing body of the BBC.

He starts in April and replaces Tina Stowell, now head of corporate affairs at the BBC.

Devane has been at Defra since March 2007, when he joined as chief press officer, environment and climate change.

Previously he was at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where he worked as senior press officer, media and tourism and then chief press officer, creative industries and tourism.

A former journalist, Devane has also worked in the Department of Health press office.

The BBC Trust works to ensure that the BBC provides high quality output and protects the BBC's independence.

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