The West Yorkshire district council has appointed Simon Hope, who joins from Sheffield City Council.
Hope said: ‘Despite the public sector facing significant challenges it is a time of positive transformation in Wakefield – a district which is now home to The Hepworth Wakefield, one of the UK’s largest art galleries, and has seen the completion of major regeneration projects.’
Hope will bring together all the council’s internal communications, external communications and marketing activities.
Hope’s duties will include communication strategy, campaign planning, media relations, internal communications, web content, social media and the council’s in-house design and print service.
Hope has also worked in the voluntary sector as PR manager for organisations including the Parkinson’s Disease Society and Diabetes UK.