NEWS: COI to announce new head soon

Whitehall is close to appointing a successor to Mike Devereau for the pounds 75,000 post of head of the Central Office of Information.

Whitehall is close to appointing a successor to Mike Devereau for the

pounds 75,000 post of head of the Central Office of Information.



The likeliest Whitehall contenders are tipped by insiders to be Charles

Skinner, head of publicity and corporate services at the Home Office;

Rob Haslam, group director of the COI’s network services and Mike

Ricketts, DTI director of news.



AlthoughGovernment departments are now allowed to run their own

campaigns and handle their own advertising, rather than having to go

through the COI, the COI has been fighting back. In the last 18 months,

it has won pounds 15 million in new advertising business from executive

agencies, including Investors in People and the UK Eco-labelling Board,

and it still retains the business of all government departments.



However, even if the Central Office of Information continues to prosper,

Devereau’s successor will inherit a continued threat of streamlining.



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