Bradford axes top marcoms role

Bradford City Council has scrapped its director of comms and marketing post as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

The departure of Bradford’s chief executive in early 2003, and the controversy over the proposed salary of his predecessor, stopped the search for a replacement, until Phillip Robinson was appointed CEO last November.

Bradford came under fire when it initially offered £200,000 for a new chief executive, thought to be one of the highest salaries in local government, prompting it to cut the package.

Acting director of comms and marketing Duncan Graham will continue to oversee the council’s communications in his new role as head of comms and marketing, when he officially takes up the position on 1 February.

He said: ‘ The policy and performance department is merging with comms and marketing as part of a move to group the support services under one directorate.’

Bradford’s last director of marketing and comms, Owen Williams, left to become CEO of Rossendale Borough Council in Lancashire in 2003.

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