Audit Commission comms man David Walker steps down with no job to go to

The Audit Commission's top comms man is stepping down with no job to go to, as the body prepares to close in 2012.

David Walker departs: Audit Commission
David Walker departs: Audit Commission
Managing director, communications and public reporting David Walker is understood to be departing in the first week in October.

On 13 August the Communities Secretary announced plans to abolish the Audit Commission, which PRWeek revealed would lead to the loss of 48 comms jobs.

Walker said that he had ‘no particular plan’ but added that he was tempted to ‘swim in the deep waters of journalism’.

‘With the Comprehensive Spending Review coming up, it is a great temptation. But I have to say to myself, do I want to plunge back in or take stock?’ said Walker.

While working at the Audit Commission, Walker has continued to write columns on the subject of the public sector, including an article for Public Finance that openly questioned Government plans to use ‘armchair auditors’.

‘As a communications professional you’re entitled to express views on professional matters,’ reasoned Walker, who refuted any suggestion that he had been pressured to leave the body early.

Walker is the former editor of the Guardian’s Public magazine and has also been chief leader writer of The Independent and presenter of BBC Radio Four’s Analysis programme.

Audit Commission chief executive Eugene Sullivan said: ‘David’s departure marks a new phase in the wind-down. The commission has benefited from his professional expertise and is grateful for the way he has reshaped our communications capacity to meet changing circumstances.’

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