Veteran Whitehall information chief Jim Coe is set to leave the
Government Information Service at the General Election.
Coe, director of information at the Department for Education and
Employment, has opted for early retirement but, at the request of
Secretary of State Gillian Shephard, will stay until the election.
On retiring, Coe intends to do some consultancy work, in either PR or
At the DEE, Coe heads up 120 staff across two divisions, covering
publicity, advertising and publications, and media relations. He handles
a pounds 22 million budget, of which pounds 17 million goes on
Coe, 54, has held his current post since 1989. His previous experience
includes two years as head of information at MAFF and two years as
deputy press secretary to then PM Thatcher, under Sir Bernard Ingham.
Before joining the Government Information Service in 1968 he worked for
12 years as a journalist in regional newspapers and news agencies.