Surman in switch to Advantage West Midlands

Dudley County Council's head of comms is moving on to a new role as head of corporate comms at regeneration body Advantage West Midlands.

Jayne Surman, who is also LGcommunications' current chairperson, will move on next month. Surman has been at Dudley for seven years, heading up a team of 24.

In her new role she will answer to director of comms Steve Hodgson, and will head up a team of six as well as overseeing a range of agencies.

Surman said: 'Regional development agencies are in for a whole load of changes. They will be looking for me to shape the role. I didn't get the impression that it is a very clearly defined role - it's up to me how I shape it.'

Surman does not replace anyone as the role has been newly created as the result of a restructuring.

Surman's four-year tenure as chair of LGcommunications also comes to an end on 23 May at the annual general meeting. The body is currently taking suggestions for candidates.

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