Former Met news chief joins SE regional body

The South East Regional Assembly has hired the former head of news at the Metropolitan Police, Tessa Bartholemew, as its first head of communications.

The South East Regional Assembly has hired the former head of news

at the Metropolitan Police, Tessa Bartholemew, as its first head of

communications.



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

region.



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.



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