Newspaper editor switches to government comms role

A former senior editor from Britain's biggest independent regional news publisher has joined Highways England as a media relations manager, based in Birmingham.

Diane Davies, centre, pictured with Sarah Macken, Conservative party candidate for Wolverhampton North East, and Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in June 2017 (pic credit: Express & Star)
Diane Davies, centre, pictured with Sarah Macken, Conservative party candidate for Wolverhampton North East, and Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in June 2017 (pic credit: Express & Star)

Diane Davies, former group head of weekly titles at the Midland News Association (MNA), and ex-deputy editor of the Wolverhampton-based Express & Star, has moved into comms after more than 29 years at MNA.

Davies left the newspaper group last November, along with several other long-serving staff.

The new job is her first comms role and will draw on her experience of brand promotion and working with stakeholders during her time at MNA.

Davies also launched several high-profile campaigns during her career in journalism. These included the Ladders for the Black Country and Staffordshire campaign, which created 1,000 apprenticeships; the Feed a Family food-banks appeal; and the Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival.

New chapter

Commenting on her move into public-sector comms, Davies said: "I am delighted to be joining Highways England at this very exciting time."

She added: "I am looking forward to playing my part in supporting the business both in the day-to-day management of England’s motorways and major A roads and the delivery of the investment programme which will improve journeys across the country."

Jane Manning, head of news at Highways England, told PRWeek: "We’re very pleased to have Diane in our team. Her wealth of journalism experience stands her in very good stead to be able to explain the work of Highways England through the media, and so help increase familiarity and enhance our reputation."


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