Press enquiries

Contact information for the Communications Unit of Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The Communications Unit can be reached during normal working hours (9am to 5pm weekdays, excluding public holidays).

For audit/tracking purposes, all media enquiries should be emailed to and all responses will be given via email.

If you want to speak to our communications officers, you can call them on the mobile numbers below. Their areas of responsibility are listed here.

Working-hours contact information

Claire Beattie, Communications Lead Officer
Claire heads the communications officers' team and covers strategic Economic Development (including Borderlands and SOSE), Regeneration, Climate, whole-council (corporate) enquiries and Elections.
Tel: 07747 441594

Steven Kirkpatrick, Senior Communications Officer
Steven covers Education and Learning, Youth Work, Community Asset Transfers, Civic Events, Leisure Facilities, Museums and Galleries, Housing, Emergency Planning as well as major projects and Elections.
Tel: 07500 032404

Gary Kirkpatrick, Communications Officer
Gary covers Roads, Waste, Environment, including Core Paths and Countryside Access, Lord Lieutenancy, Armed Forces, Planning, Economy, Transport, Flood Risk Management, Infrastructure, and Trading and Environmental Standards.
Tel: 07584 112560

Ralph Hull, Communications Officer
Ralph covers internal communications, Licensing, and Enabling and Customer Services directorate projects.
Tel: 07584 156421

Ruaridh Thin-Smith, Communications Officer
Ruaridh covers Social Work, Criminal Justice, Community Payback, Fostering, Public Protection, Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, Resettlement, Poverty and Inequalities, partnership work with the NHS, Community Wellbeing, and Community Planning.
Tel: 07385 400365

The Communications Manager is David Sawyer. He is responsible for the Communications Unit (external and internal communications, graphics, multimedia, social and web) and can be reached on 07770 886923.

Page last updated: 15/05/2024
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