Public Sector: Redditch signs up rural journalist

Worcestershire authority Redditch Borough Council has hired journalist Suzanne Bennett as comms manager.

She replaces Jo Barker, who has joined Worcestershire County Council in the same role.

Bennett joins from The Countryside Agency's publication Countryside Focus, where she has been editor for the past five years.

Bennett takes responsibility for press relations, graphic design, customer relationship management and consultation. Reporting to director of corporate strategy Mike Francis, Bennett is reviewing the council's comms strategy, which will encourage close working with parties such as the police.

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