Brian Butler, who will take up the role in December, will replace Nigel Duncan, who will retire in October after 14 years at the doctors’ trade body.
Butler, who will report to BMA secretary Jeremy Strachan, will head a team of more than 50, and oversee marketing, public affairs, the press office, design and online work.
Butler, a former Home Office director of comms has been in the newly created counter-terrorism post at the Cabinet Office since last November. He said it was ‘likely someone from within government’ would replace him in the role, which he said involved advising ministers on ‘public messages’ on counter-terrorism, in addition to ‘co-ordinating’ departments’ responsibilities on the issue.
Duncan, who joined the BMA as press office head in 1989, will continue to work part-time, as a London-based press officer for the World Medical Association.