Two top Government PR jopbs are to be abolished after a decision to
reorganise Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Chris Smith’s information
The jobs of director of information, held by Andrew Marre, and that of
chief press officer, held by Sue Clark, will cease to exist The
Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to fill two new
senior posts - director of strategy and communications and head of
The director of strategy and communications will report to the
departmental board and oversee a 30-strong team. The remit of the post,
advertised internally will be wider than Marre’s role, but will include
his media relations responsibilities.
Longer term presentational strategy, previously handled by the
department’s strategy unit, will also be handled by the director of
strategy and communications.
The head of news will act as deputy to the director of strategy and
Responsibilities will include handling media relations and managing the
departmental press office. The post replaces that held by Clark, and has
been advertised externally.
Marre said: ’The Secretary of State wants the operation of the
(communication) division to reflect the significance he attaches to
Several large Government departments, including the Northern Ireland
Office and the Department for Education and Employment, have
restructured their information divisions in the last few months to
incorporate strategy, in a bid to improve efficiency.
It is unclear whether Marre or Clark will reapply for the new positions.