Chester City Council has appointed Mike McCabe as its first head of
McCabe joins from Gloucester City Council where he was a communications
officer. He will head a department of 24 people with a budget of pounds
500,000 a year. He will oversee PR, marketing, graphics and
reprographics, and report to the council’s four strong management
At Chester, McCabe will be one of 18 heads of service reporting to the
council’s four-strong management team, which includes the chief
executive, Paul Durham.
Chester decided to create the post after a communications audit carried
out by PR agency DTW. McCabe will oversee one other press officer, Mike
McGivern, but intends to recruit more media relations staff.
McCabe was Gloucester’s only spokesman and reported to the chief
executive, Graham Garbutt. He joined the council in 1992 and handled the
media furore around the Fred West murders in 1994.