COI's Bishop leaves Government comms

Central Office of Information (COI) chief executive Alan Bishop is leaving Government comms to become chief executive at the Southbank Centre.

Alan Bishop leaves Government Comms
Alan Bishop leaves Government Comms

As well as his COI role, Bishop is currently acting permanent secretary for Government communications. He is standing in for Howell James while a permanent replacement is sought.

The news means that Bishop is out of the running to be the next permanet secretary for comms - although insiders have previously said that Bishop was not interested in the job on a permanent basis.

The Cabinet Office has a shortlist of four for the permanent secretary role, who will all be seen by a panel of interviewers in the coming month.

The COI has no news yet on a replacement for Bishop, adding that the recruitment process will be handled by the Cabinet Office.

In the new role, Bishop, a former chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi International, will replace Michael Lynch, who leaves in April 2009.

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