Editor gives up Community Care job to focus on charity

By Alyson Fixter

Polly Neate, the long-serving editor of Community Care magazine, has
resigned to take on a senior policy role with the children’s charity
NCH.

Neate, who has been with the Reed Business Information title for 15
years and has been editor for six-and-a-half years, will become
executive director of new business strategy and communication at the
charity.

She said: “I’ll really miss the team, along with the
sense of security you have when you feel very at home working somewhere
and have been there for ages. I’ll also miss the platform I’ve had as
editor of Community Care to speak out about issues that I feel very
strongly about.”

Neate was editing the title when it won the PPA Business and Professional Magazine of the Year Award in 2003.

She said the company had changed so much since she joined in 1990 that it seemed “like another planet”.

“We
all wrote on manual typewriters, I used to smoke in the office, one
person on the team even used to bring a blanket to work and have an
hour’s sleep under the editor’s desk after lunch,” she added.

Publishing director Trevor Goodman said: “Polly will be a very hard act to follow – she has been a fantastic editor.

“It
says a lot for her – but also for the status of Community Care in
social care – that she is moving from a publishing background into one
of the most influential policy roles in the charities sector.

“We all wish her well.”

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