Jon-Paul Hedge is a Director at Exeter City Council, but his academic background is in Politics with a BSc (Econ) from Swansea University. As a NCE and NCTJ qualified senior journalist he worked for 15 years in regional media before initially joining local government as Director of Communications and Marketing.
As a member of ECC’s Senior Management Board Jon-Paul’s current remit includes responsibility for Communications, Tourism and Culture through Visit Exeter, Conference Exeter, RAMM, Underground Passages, The Matford Centre and Corn Exchange.
He is leading on the emerging Exeter Cultural Strategy for Exeter City Council and the feasibility work around a potential new multipurpose performance venue. He is a former founding board member of InExeter (Exeter BID) and joins Exeter Science Park having served as Alternate Director for the Devon tri-council IT service Strata. He is a long standing trustee and former Vice-Chairman of homeless charity Friends of Factory Row. Jon-Paul is a former Editor of Trinity Mirror’s Express and Echo where he led the title’s transformation agenda having worked for both Northcliffe and Local World. He is responsible for Exeter Live Better and co-designing a place based narrative for the city.