Defra loses news head Ward to GCN

The Department for theEnv­ironment, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking a head of news to replace Jean Ward, who is moving to a top role at the Cabinet Office.

Ward has been appointed director of the Government Communication Network, reporting directly to permanent secretary for communication Howell James.

Ward replaces Lyn Salisbury - one of Whitehall's most senior PROs. Sailsbury will retire in Easter after 37 years in Whitehall PR.

Cabinet Office director of comms Sue Jenkins left earl­ier this year for the department's Corporate Development Group.

It has not yet been decided if she will be replaced. 

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