DWP appoints Director of Communications

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has appointed Syma Cullasy-Aldridge as their Director of Communications.

Syma Cullasy-Aldridge has extensive comms experience in the public and private sectors, having worked across the business community and trade associations, as well as the third sector and think tanks. She was previously Project Director at Future Governance Forum, and Chief Campaigns Director at the CBI.

Syma has led External Affairs at PUBLIC, a govtech consultancy, and has held policy and communications roles across central government, including the Cabinet Office, the Department for Exiting the European Union as well as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She is trustee and interim CEO of the Taylor Bennett Foundation which exists to promote ethnic diversity in corporate affairs.

Syma commented on her appointment:

“I’m delighted to be coming back into Government, to support ministers and talented colleagues to deliver the essential work of the Department for Work and Pensions. It is a privilege to apply my public and private sector experience to lead impactful campaigns that affect the lives of millions of citizens. As a leader in the Government Communications Service I’m excited to work to share policies that make a difference to so many everyday lives.”

Simon Baugh, GCS Chief Executive, congratulated Syma on the appointment:

“I’m delighted that Syma will take up this role as DWP Director of Communications within the Government Communications Service (GCS) community. Syma brings a range of experience and expertise to the role, supporting GCS to deliver for citizens and go from strength to strength.”

DWP’s recruitment follows the departure of Jen Wood. Jen is taking up the Director of Communications role at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.