Scottish Office recruits Williams from Clydesdale

The Scottish Office has appointed Clydesdale Bank’s head of corporate affairs Roger Williams to head up its information service.

The Scottish Office has appointed Clydesdale Bank’s head of

corporate affairs Roger Williams to head up its information service.



Williams is the first Government Information and Communication (GICS)

Service head of department to come straight from the private sector

since Labour came to power. His appointment comes a week after a report

into the service recommended the recruitment of people with commercial

experience.



Williams joins the Scottish Office in January 1998. He replaces Liz

Drummond, who took early retirement in September. Drummond is one of

eight information heads to have left or announced their departure since

Labour’s election in May.



Four more Government heads of information are due to be recruited over

coming months with external candidates being considered along with civil

servants.



Williams has ten years’ experience in the GIS but has spent the last

eight years in the private sector. For a salary of up to pounds 77,000 a

year, he will oversee 40 professional and administrative staff at the

Scottish Office, and report to Secretary of State Donald Dewar. His

contract is for five years.



He left his post as chief press officer to the Department for Trade and

Industry in 1989 to join Chevron UK, a subsidiary of US oil company

Chevron Corporation. He left Chevron as government and public affairs

manager in July 1996 to join Clydesdale.



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