Comms overhaul begins at Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council's PR department has merged with its marketing and design offices as part of a major restructuring programme.

Sheffield City Council's PR department has merged with its marketing and design offices as part of a major restructuring programme.

Head of communications Rachel Rees was appointed earlier this year to overhaul communications and is looking to expand her team of 27. More specifically, she is seeking to appoint a new communications manager, internet project manager, web designer, corporate media manager and internal communications co-ordinator.

She has been given an increased budget to oversee corporate and customer care facilities.

Rees, who reports to CEO Bob Kerslake, said she was trying to create a 'one-stop shop' for customer and corporate communications.

'This is a radical overhaul. I was brought in to create a new communication service for the council and the latest developments in the internal communications, web, PR and marketing and design areas reflect that commitment,' said Rees.

Although this is her first local authority position, Rees said her last two jobs had offered good experience. She joined Sheffield City Council after three years as director of communication for the Refugee Council and prior to that was policy co-ordination manager responsible for setting up the advocacy unit for the National Housing Federation.



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