Karen Baxter, PACCo Communications and Engagement Lead, Defra (up to July 2022)

My background is journalism, having spent 23 years in total working for local newspapers in Lincolnshire, Somerset, Cornwall and Staffordshire. I moved into comms 12 years ago, working first for a water company, before joining national charity Macmillan Cancer Support working on comms and engagement for a large project in Staffordshire in partnership with the NHS. I then moved to the public sector, working again on comms and engagement for a citywide project led by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, in partnership with several public and voluntary sector organisations.

I joined DEFRA in 2018 working in comms in the Midlands team, covering media work across the flood risk management, water, land and biodiversity and waste portfolios, as well as for Natural England. Immediately before joining the PACCo/LORP project, I worked on engagement on Covid-19, during a secondment to the Cabinet Office’s Midlands and East of England team

Project Location: Lower Otter Restoration Project, England