Today is a sad day as we say farewell to Helen Oswald, our Senior Campaigns and Communications Officer. She's off to join the Arts Council in her home town Brighton. We wish her well. Since joining us a couple of years ago to set up the Campaigns and Communications Department Helen has done a great job - helping to boost our profile, deliver new materials like the reps handbook, equality reps handbook, new recruitment material, NUJ Active, Global Action, a more regularly updated website and new microsites and campaigns like Journalism Matters and the End Low Pay campaign.
I spent the whole day yesterday interviewing for Helen's replacement. We had a really high calibre of candidates but the panel - Barry Fitzpatrick, Michelle Stanistreet and I - were unanimous in our choice. Who is it? I can't tell you yet - it has to be approved by the NEC tomorrow first.