Emily Tofield: Director of Communications, Marketing and Advancement

Emily Tofield


Emily leads the division which covers communications, marketing, campaigns, public affairs, UK and international student recruitment, global engagement, development, fundraising and alumni relations, widening participation and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

Emily joined Sussex from the Ministry of Justice where she was the most senior communications adviser for the UK government's biggest department. In that role, she had leadership responsibility for a multi-award-winning communications directorate, serving seven separate agencies and arms' length bodies, as well as a large information services directorate.

She is a crisis communications expert, who led the successful multi-channel crisis-communications response to Covid-19 across the justice system. She has also led communications functions in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and at the heart of Whitehall in the Cabinet Office. She has been the chief communications adviser to six secretaries of State and is a former broadcast journalist.

As Director of Communications, Marketing and Advancement, Emily is a member of the University Executive Group, the University Leadership Team, and the Professional Services Leadership Team.

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