21 April, 2008 – City council’s head of press in move to Stockport
Janine Watson, the current Manchester City Council head of press, is set to join Stockport Council as assistant chief executive with responsibility for communications.
Watson, who is now working her notice period at MCC, has been in her current position for the last nine years, carrying out a mixture of media and public relations, reputation management, general comms and, when called upon, heading up the council’s crisis management strategy.
It’s a long-running role that has garnered her considerable kudos, helping her collect the CIPR’s ‘North West Public Relations Professional of the Year’ title for 2006/07.
In her new position Watson will help drive the communications of Stockport forward, working with a team that has already enjoyed sustained success in its own right.
Watson: new hot seat awaits. In a statement released by Stockport when approached by How-Do, Watson commented: “I’m very excited to be joining Stockport Council which has an excellent reputation.
“Good communications are vital to ensure the constant improvement of council services, and I look forward to heading the strong team that’s already in place.”
Watson is well-versed to marrying the media and political spectrums on a local level, having held the posts of local government editor at both the Liverpool Echo (1984 to 1989) and the Manchester Evening News (1989 to 1999).
She is also a board member of Manchester University’s Alumni Association and represents the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities on the North West’s regional media emergency forum.
In her new position she replaces Peter Blake, who retired last month after 22 years with Stockport.
Source: How Do press release