DTLR hunts comms head as Evans leaves the post

The Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions is on

the hunt for a director of communications.



Incumbent Alun Evans is to step down from the post, which the department

has indicated could command a six figure salary.



The DTLR was created in a Whitehall shake-up following the June general

election. Prior to that, Evans served in the communications director

role at its predecessor, the Department for the Environment, Transport

and the Regions.



It has not yet been revealed whether the career civil servant will

remain within the Government Information and Communications Service.



Evans joined the DETR on secondment from the Downing Street strategic

communications unit, which he had headed, two years ago.



In February 2000 he was named director of communications of the DETR, a

role he created while leading a review into that department's comms

function.



A spokesman for the DTLR declined to comment on the reasons for Evans's

departure.



The director of communications post reports directly to the secretary of

state, Stephen Byers, and carries DTLR board member status.



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