The most senior comms person at the council was up until recently Sara Tomkins, the assistant chief executive (ACE) of communications and customer services. However, following a review of the comms team, that role – established in 2010 to bring all of the council’s communications under the leadership of one person – will no longer exist, with Tomkins leaving. A new head of strategic communications post will be established in its place.
It’s perhaps no surprise that the council is having to review its operations – a Freedom of Information request by Press Gazette earlier this year discovered that at 77, it had by far the most number of comms staff of any council across the UK.
Those staff are divided into two divisions ‘Content and Strategy’ and ‘Operations and Commercial’. Green leads the former division, having worked in various mostly comms roles for the council since 2006.