Public Sector: North Yorkshire fills comms post

North Yorkshire County Council has bagged Leeds City Council's head of communications Helen Edwards.

Edwards replaces Ben Hayes, who retired in December after less than a year. The role was a surprise move for Hayes, who was previously comms director at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Edwards will take the top comms role at North Yorkshire in mid-April. She has been heading the comms team at Leeds since 2003. Previously, she was comms chief at City of York Council.

Assistant chief executive Justine Brooksbank said a key part of Edwards' role would be to tighten internal comms, to 'influence staff to become ambassadors'.

Edwards was the CIPR's Young Professional of the Year in 2003.

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