Citizens Advice moves for former Number 10 press chief Martin

Written by Rod Muir on 21 August 2017 in News

Katie Martin joins from The Guardian to oversee news and public affairs

The Guardian’s head of philanthropic partnerships Katie Martin is to join Citizens Advice as its new head of news, public affairs and campaigns.

Martin is a former chief press officer in Downing Street during Gordon Brown’s time as prime minister.

More recently she was European media director for, the international campaigning and advocacy organization to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.

Martin moves to Citizens Advice later this month after a year at The Guardian. The post is a new role at the independent advice service, bringing together the news, public affairs and campaigns functions. 

The teams will work with director of policy James Plunkett to support the organisation’s policy agenda as well as communicating its advice services. 

In the last 12 months Citizens Advice helped 2.7 million people with a range of issues including managing debts, challenging benefit decisions and problems at work - solving 2 in 3 problems.

Plunkett  said: “Katie’s experience working in the highest levels of government and the media makes her the perfect choice to take forward our news, public affairs and campaigns work.

“Citizens Advice has a strong track record of working with the media, regulators and politicians of all parties to raise the issues that matter most to our clients and consumers.  I’m delighted to have Katie on board to help us maximise our impact.”

Martin said: “As increasing numbers of people struggle to cope with insecure work, changes to benefits, and rising household bills – as well as the uncertainty of Brexit - the support provided by Citizens Advice has never been more important.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at this crucial time, as we work to ensure that policymakers fully understand the effect of their decisions on people’s lives – while also modernising the way we deliver our own services so we can help people solve the problems that are holding them back.”

The Citizens Advice service is made up of the national organisation and a network of 300 independent local charities across England and Wales. It provides advice face to face, over the phone, online, through webchat and email.

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