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New media manager at Medway Council

Date: 24/11/2008           Category: Members Services / Chief Executive Office

Medway Council has appointed John Staples as its Media and Internal Communications Manager. In his role, John will manage a four strong media team, which deals with media enquiries and produces the council’s newsletter for residents, Medway Matters. Prior to joining Medway Council, John, 37, worked in the Mayor’s office of the Greater London Authority. There he was employed to oversee The Londoner – the Mayor of London’s newspaper – for three years as news and features editor and as acting communications manager. Before joining the Greater London Authority, John worked as a news reporter at media organisations such as South West News Service, in Bristol, and The Scotsman. He also worked as a freelance reporter and as an assistant news editor at the Liverpool Daily Post. Of his role at Medway Council, John said: “Medway is a vibrant area with a large population that is a pivotal part of the Thames Gateway corridor. “I am looking forward to playing my part in effectively communicating the important work that Medway Council does for its residents and to publicising the local authority and the Medway area nationally.” Notes to editors: Below is an updated list of Medway Council’s press office contacts. Please note this list is not for publication. John Staples, Media and Internal Communications Manager. Tel no: 01634 332021. Email: john.staples@medway.gov.uk Anna Hinde, Senior Media Officer. Tel no: 01634 332562. Email: anna.hinde@medway.gov.uk Laura Patrick, Senior Media Officer. Tel no: 01634 332017. Email: laura.patrick@medway.gov.uk Clare Davies, Media and Public Relations Assistant. Tel no: 01634 332870. Email: clare.davies@medway.gov.uk Lisa Caleno, Public Relations Officer, Tel no: 01634 338308. Email: lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk