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National Director of Communications

Mags Patten joined the Arts Council in June 2012. She was appointed to the post of National Director of Communications as part of the organisation review. Mags leads on advocacy and communications for the Arts Council, looking after media relations, strategic communications with audiences including government and the arts and culture sector, internal communications, customer services, digital communications, events and publications.

Mags began her career in television publicity, where she looked after some of the BBC and Channel 4's high profile current affairs, arts and drama output and the media launch of More4. She has led communications at English National Opera and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Prior to joining the Arts Council she worked as a consultant for clients including the European Union/Equality Commission Northern Ireland and Channel 4 television and lived in the French Alps learning French and mountaineering.