Transport department creates group comms role for Nick Court

The Department for Transport has created a top comms role that has oversight of the department's numerous quangos.

Department for Transport: new comms head
Department for Transport: new comms head

Transport stalwart Nick Court has been promoted to the newly created role of director of group comms.

A spokesman for the DfT explained the role had been created in preparation for the focus on transport infrastructure in the run-up to this year's Olympic Games in London.

'This is seen as the first stage of rolling out a group operating model to lead to savings in the longer term. We also decided that a director was required with London 2012 coming up,' said the spokesman.

Court takes the role from working as deputy director maritime - safety and environment, and is expected to hold the role until October.

The new role has oversight of all of the seven DfT executive agencies' comms, including the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Driving Standards Agency and the Highways Agency.

Last April, PRWeek reported that the Department for Transport had decided not to replace director of comms Jeremy Mooney, following a review.

Transport links are expected to stay in the news in the run-up to the Games, with issue such as transport workers calling for bonuses already having gained coverage.

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