Simon MacDowall has taken a dramatic change of tack in moving from
NATO’s press operation to head PR for the Department of Social
To date, MacDowall’s career has been in the army. He emigrated from the
UK to Canada as a teenager and soon joined the Royal Canadian Dragoons,
who were based in Germany at the time.
Six years in the public affairs department of the Canadian ministry of
defence, where he was communications planning head, followed.
Since 1993, he has worked for NATO as a senior media officer at its
military headquarters in Mons, Belgium, and then as press and
information director for NATO’s north western region, based in High
Most recently, he was seconded to run the NATO press and information
centre in Macedonia, where Kosovan refugees flocked when the bombing
Moving to a caring and sharing department like the DSS after
representing one of the world’s most influential military organisations
must a bit of a culture shock.
But then, with the Labour leadership still reeling from the rebellion in
the Commons last month over its welfare reforms, MacDowall’s battlefield
skills should come in handy.