Thomas Schultz-Jagow will start in October. He joins from WWF International, where he was director of communications, based in Switzerland.
At Oxfam, Schultz-Jagow will report to the director of campaigns and policy, Phil Bloomer. He will head a team of 25 that sits alongside the media and policy departments.
The campaigns team is responsible for defining Oxfam’s campaigns and outreach. It ensures the policy and media teams are pushing the same message, identifies target audiences and decides which communications methods should be used.
Schultz-Jagow replaces Adrian Lovett, who has joined Save the Children as director of campaigns and communications. Catherine Hester, head of Oxfam’s Welsh operation, was drafted in to fill the position on an interim basis. Before his current role, Schultz-Jagow was director of comms at WWF Germany and campaign director at Greenpeace.
WWF International recently underwent a restructure, with Schultz-Jagow’s old position becoming redundant. The charity is now on the hunt for a director of external and media relations, who will report into the newly created director of marketing role.
Oxfam has also poached WWF UK’s senior press officer Rob McNeil, who joins as PR manager for Oxfam’s PR and media relations team. At WWF UK, McNeil concentrated on endangered species and climate change. He was previously a senior journalist at the Evening Standard.
McNeil now reports to Katie Abbotts, who was promoted recently to head of PR. Abbotts will be in charge of Oxfam’s PR and celebrity work in the UK and monitoring and evaluation.