The Central Office of Information (COI) will start hunting for Haslam’s replacement at the end of the month. Sources at the COI said his successor would be given a wider remit than is currently the case.
Sitting within the COI, the Government News Network supplies a regional news service to staff within government departments and government agencies.
Haslam said a key challenge for his successor would be ‘to continue the integration of the communications offering, from one which is essentially an information provider, to one which is more proactive that can respond to digital and social media’.
Haslam has overseen the government’s regional news network for ten years. He currently sits on the board of the COI and reports to COI chief executive Alan Bishop. He has also held senior comms roles at the Department for Trade and Industry, the Board of Trade, the Department of Health, the Health and Safety Executive, the Scottish office and Number 10 Downing Street.
The Government News Network was created in 1946. It was moved into the Cabinet Office in 2002 but was moved out again in 2005 after a plan for it to be centrally funded failed. It currently boasts 120 people, split between regions, and it is self-financing.