CAPTION: Chloe Axford is our new Director of Communications and Engagement

Diocese appoints BBC journalist to communications role

Posted: 9th January, 2019

The Diocese of Exeter has appointed an accomplished broadcast journalist as its new Director of Communications and Engagement.

Chloe Axford has spent the past decade working as a reporter and producer at BBC South West. She also spent two years working in creative arts, drama and video ministry at the Church of the Ascension in south London before moving to Devon in 2007.

Chloe said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this role, and I am really looking forward to starting the job.

“I am passionate about telling the stories that need to be told in a way that is creative and newsworthy, whether it is sharing the amazing work already being done by the diocese and churches in Devon or illustrating Bishop Robert’s vision for churches to grow in prayer, make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy.

“I am excited about working alongside the rest of the diocesan team to help Devon’s churches to be as engaging, life-transforming and relevant as possible to the communities they serve.”

The Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, said: “We are very pleased that Chloe will be coming to work with us. There is so much good news, and so many opportunities to share it through traditional and digital media, but also through social media which gives us a different, perhaps more direct relationship with people.

“I am sure Chloe’s knowledge, experience and clear enthusiasm will be of great benefit to the diocese.”

After completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Chloe joined ITN as a news trainee in 1998. She spent time working at ITV News, Channel Four News, Channel Five News and Independent Radio News, before joining ITV News permanently as a producer and reporter.

She has spent the past 11 years working as a journalist at BBC Spotlight television news in Plymouth and BBC News Online.

In addition, Chloe has led all age and creative worship at a number of churches in Devon. She has worked as the producer for adult and youth venues at Spring Harvest and has been the Prayer House co-ordinator. Chloe also contributes worship resources to

Chloe lives in a south Devon market town with her husband, their two children, and a cat called Crumble.

She will start her new role in mid-February 2019.



Photograph of Chloe Axford – please credit

For more information email Richard Best at Straightshot Communications or tel: 07817 332940, 01726 829198.