Public Sector: Morley exits VisitScotland for relocation to London

The former director of comms for the Catholic Church, Mark Morley, has left his post as press chief at VisitScotland after just nine months.

Morley is to return to his political roots in a freelance capacity despite his decision to return to his native Scotland in early 2004.

He joined Scottish Enterprise as network PR manager for five months before moving to the tourist body (PRWeek, 24 September 2004).

His departure follows a comms shake-up at VisitScotland, with the team given extra responsibility for scenario planning and research. The department is headed by director of strategy and communications Riddell Graham, who joined in April from Borders Area Tourist Board.

The communications rejig is part of a national marketing drive.

Morley's successor at the tourist body will report to head of communications Barbara Clark, who is responsible for media and industry relations.

Morley said: 'The plan was to return to Scotland permanently but I have concluded that there are better opportunities in London.'

In 1994, Morley became deputy director of press for the Scottish Conservative Party before becoming press secretary to MEP Baroness Ludford in 1999.

He then joined Weber Shandwick, where he was an account manager, and later became national director of communications and strategy at the Catholic Church, a position he held for two years.

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