The South East Regional Assembly has hired the former head of news
at the Metropolitan Police, Tessa Bartholemew, as its first head of
Bartholemew has been handed the job of formulating and recommending
communications strategy for the body, which came into being in January
1999, and will report to the assembly’s director Paul Bevan.
The establishment of regional assemblies or chambers in England is the
first step towards mirroring the devolution which has taken place in
Scotland and Wales over the past twelve months. It comes in the wake of
the establishment of eight Regional Development Agencies last year which
have taken on the job of managing the economic future of each
An important part of the Assembly’s work will be to ensure that the
strategies put in place by RDAs, Health Trusts and other regional bodies
represent what the people in each region really want.
Bartholemew will take up the challenge of managing the assembly’s
communications with all of these groups in a diverse area which
stretches from the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The South East Regional Assembly is the largest in the UK and represents
around eight million people.