News journalists set to spearhead Christian Aid PR

Christian Aid has hired a pair of prominent news journalists to

spearhead its PR function.

Changes at the nine-strong PR unit see former Today programme editor Jon

Barton installed as head of media along with former Sunday Times

reporter John Davison as news editor.

Barton replaces ten-year press office incumbent Sarah Stewart at

Christian Aid, which employs 500 staff and operates in more than 60

countries globally.

Former Reuters reporter Susan Roberts, who has handled Davison's role

for the last six months, is also leaving.

Barton left the BBC last year for a brief stint at Brunswick-owned

Trinity. He joined the BBC after ten years in teaching.

A spell in local radio in Derby led him to news and current affairs,

where he went on to edit Today, and the One and Six o'clock News.

Davison, who will report to Barton, spent ten years at the Sunday Times,

three years as a freelance and the last three at The Independent, most

recently as editor of its Pandora diary.

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