Duchy of Lancaster appoints in-house Communications Manager

Debbie GarrittyThe Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed the appointment of Deborah Garritty as its first in-house Communications Manager. Deborah, who has over 30 years’ experience in senior communications roles for clients in the planning, property and construction sectors, will join the full-time team from 1st April 2015.

This latest appointment is the fifth full-time appointment to be made by the Duchy of Lancaster in the last 12 months. Nathan Thompson, chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “The Duchy of Lancaster comprises a diverse portfolio of properties and must ensure these are managed responsibly, sustainably and in accordance with the organisation’s unique cultural heritage. Communications has a key role to play and I am confident that Deborah’s skill-set and experience will make her a valuable addition to the team.”

Deborah, who was formerly Head of the Property, Planning and Construction practice for Bell Pottinger in the North of England, said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to join the Duchy of Lancaster team. The Duchy of Lancaster is a unique organisation with a fascinating portfolio of land and property assets across the UK. In a knowledge-based economy, good and effective communications is essential for any forward-looking management team. I look forward to playing my part to support the growth and development of the Duchy’s assets, while raising public awareness of the organisation’s historic pedigree and strategic management role.”

Founded in the 13th century, the Duchy of Lancaster is a private portfolio of land, property and assets held for the Sovereign, Her Majesty The Queen, as Duke of Lancaster. It comprises some 18,700 hectares of urban developments, rural estates, historic buildings, farmland and tenancies and areas of outstanding natural beauty across England and Wales.