Alex Aiken takes top Government comms job following Godric Smith's departure

Westminster City Council's comms head Alex Aiken has been appointed executive director of government comms.

Alex Aiken: New role in government
Alex Aiken: New role in government

Based in Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, Aiken will be the most senior comms professional in the civil service.

He will oversee the comms around the civil service reform programme and newly developed comms frameworks set up to replace the COI.

He is replacing Godric Smith, who has been in the role on an interim basis since the departure of Jenny Grey in the autumn.

The news comes shortly after PRWeek revealed that Smith was set to launch his own agency alongside London 2012 marketing director Greg Nugent.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: 'I would like to thank Godric for the work he has done over the past few months and I hope he considers returning to Whitehall at some point in the future.

'I am pleased to welcome the appointment of Alex Aiken as executive director of government communications. He will help drive forward the communication of our civil service reform programme and our plans to save the taxpayer money by establishing shared communication hubs for government.

'Alex brings with him tremendous expertise and experience. He has a strong track record of delivering communications that represent value for taxpayers’ money.'

Aiken said: 'I am delighted to be taking on this role and will focus on delivering effective and efficient government communications. The civil service has excellent communications staff at every level and I look forward to leading the whole profession in delivering the highest standards in explaining government policy.'

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

DWP comms chief Richard Caseby secures apology from The Guardian

DWP comms chief Richard Caseby secures apology from The Guardian

The Guardian has apologised today for a Polly Toynbee comment piece which gave incorrect details about the hiring of former Sun and Times managing editor Richard Caseby by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Hit or Miss? UKIP responds to Times story about Nigel Farage expenses

Hit or Miss? UKIP responds to Times story about Nigel Farage expenses

UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage came out fighting over a story in The Times yesterday that he is facing an investigation over £60,000 of "missing" European Union funds.

Ebay appoints Launch PR and Exposure for UK consumer work

Ebay appoints Launch PR and Exposure for UK consumer work

Online retailer eBay has appointed Launch PR and Exposure to its roster of agencies for UK consumer work.