Shutter exits top Nottingham post after revamp

Nottingham City Council is on the hunt for a new head of communications after a council-wide restructure of its senior management.

The reshuffle has led to the departure of head of comms Caroline Shutter to the leisure and community services department.

The council declined to confirm Shutter's new job title, but said the remit of its top comms role was being widened and that no one had yet been appointed to the new post of service director for communications and marketing. 'The role is more strategic and it takes into account the fact that comms in local authorities has moved up the corporate agenda,' said corporate marketing manager Ruby Bhattal.

It has also reviewed its second-tier communications posts.

Reputation manager Stephen Barker becomes reputation and media manager to reflect his additional media relations duties. Bhattal's post is also new – previously she was marketing manager in the leisure and community services department.

The full results of the restructure have yet to be confirmed.'We are now in flux – fitting people into the new roles,' said Barker.

Nottingham's reputation has taken a battering in recent years. The press branded the town the 'gun capital of England' after frequent gangland murders and the shooting in October 2004 of 14-year-old Daniella Beccan.

Nottinghamshire Police warned in March this year that the force was struggling to deal with the number of murders and may have to
allocate some cases to other local authorities.

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