Marc Reeves, one of the founding partners of RJF Public Affairs, is taking up a new position as publishing director of Trinity Mirror Midlands.

He will have responsibility for The Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Coventry Telegraph, a series of weekly titles as well as a range of websites and digital platforms including the recently launched Birmingham Post Business Daily mobile app.

Marc was previously editor of The Birmingham Post and spent eleven years with Trinity Mirror in a number of roles across the country. Marc will begin his new role on July 29.

He will remain a non-executive director of RJF. Fellow founding partner Kevin Johnson will continue to run RJF, alongside strategic communications outfit Urban Communications. He will take full responsibility for leading RJF.

Marc Reeves said: “There are few roles that would have tempted me away from RJF – but the opportunity to develop Trinity’s Mirror’s regional titles, to build on the digital strategy and secure even stronger stakeholder relationships was too much to resist.

“I remain firmly committed to the vision and principles on which Kevin and I established RJF. The last two years has started to prove the need for a dedicated, specialist public affairs and political communications firm strongly based in the city region. We have only just started, but I know I leave the company in Kevin’s very capable hands as he takes it through the next phase of development.”

Kevin Johnson said: “I’m naturally disappointed to see Marc leave RJF on a day-to-day basis, but I can’t blame him for agreeing to take on such an important role for which he is uniquely suited. I’m delighted he has agreed to retain an interest in the company in a non-executive capacity.

“With Marc, we have grown the client base and built a solid reputation for understanding the public and political landscape and helping clients to navigate such complex waters. The Chamberlain Files, featuring the redoubtable Paul Dale, is a great example of that knowledge base and will continue.

“During 2013, we have cemented RJF’s resource base, including dedicated research capacity, a Westminster monitoring service together with investment in  IT and office infrastructure. This leaves us well placed to service our growing client base and continue expansion.”

RJF’s client portfolio includes Bullring Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Broad Street BID, Go Ahead, Groundwork Trust West Midlands, the Library of Birmingham Development Trust, Vision for a Connected Midlands, Watkin Jones and The University of Warwick.

9th July 2013

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