Mark Devane has been appointed Head of Communications for the BBC Trust, the independent governing body of the BBC, and will take up his post in April.
He is currently Head of News at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and has previously held senior communications roles at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health.
Nicholas Kroll, Director of the BBC Trust, said:”I am pleased to welcome Mark Devane to lead the Trust’s communications strategy. He has substantial experience in communications, including at DCMS where he worked on BBC Charter Review, digital switchover and the Communications Act 2003.”
Mark Devane has been Head of News at Defra since December 2007, intially filling the post on an acting basis before being permanently appointed to the role. He joined Defra as Chief Press Officer, Environment and Climate Change in March 2007.
Mark Devane said:”It’s great to be taking up this role at what is undoubtedly a challenging but fascinating time not just for the Trust and wider BBC, but for the whole of the public service broadcasting sector.”
At DCMS, he was Chief Press Officer, Creative Industries and Tourism from 2004 to 2007 and Senior Press Officer, Media and Tourism, from 2002 to 2004. He previously worked in the Department of Health Press Office from 2000 to 2002 after starting his career in regional journalism.
Mark Devane replaces Tina Stowell who is now Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC.