Kim Worts will take up her new post at the Government’s environmental department on 31 January, after working as head of corporate comms at DECC.
Worts said: ‘This is an exciting time to be delivering government communications as the coalition redefines the role of the state and questions the value and purpose of departmental work at every level.
‘Across Whitehall, communications are under the microscope. So we need to be sure that what we offer reflects the needs of the new government and explores new ways of working.’
She takes over from Andrew Whyte, who moved across to become director of comms at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last autumn.
Worts has previously worked as head of strategic communications at the former Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills (DIUS), and also as deputy director of the Strategic Consultancy Unit at COI.
The news follows Defra’s appointment of Rae Stewart as head of news in November, who was formerly chief press officer in the Cabinet Office.