DTI seeks strategic comms boss as Porteous exits

The Department for Trade and Industry is seeking a director of strategic comms following the announcement of Margaret Porteous’s impending departure to the government’s international promotional body, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

The title of her role at the DTI has been changed from director of strategic marketing to represent the post's responsibilities more accurately.

Since taking up the post over two years ago, Porteous has created a corporate comms team containing 'media features' and speechwriting units.

The media features unit is designed to get features about DTI policy into consumer, specialist and trade press. The rest of the 40-strong team cover marketing, stakeholder relations, marketing procurement and publications. The department is split into three 'client groups': fair markets, energy and science, and innovation.
Porteous will take up the non-comms role of international director (oil, gas, business and engineering) on 24 April.

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