BRUSSELS: Robert McLeod has quit the top communications job at the
Australian Embassy for Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the
European Union to return to journalism.
McLeod will step down next month as public and cultural affairs manager
at the embassy after taking up the post 18 months ago.
The embassy has not yet lined up a replacement for the post, but is in
the process of recruiting.
McLeod now returns to the global media agency Bloomberg, as a journalist
in its Brussels office.
Australian McLeod moved to Europe 15 years ago. He has previously worked
as a journalist in London and for Bloomberg's offices in Paris and
'There's lots of reasons for me returning to journalism. The main one is
that I've missed the work. It's also because the new job is at such a
large and respected agency as Bloomberg,' he said.
At the Australian Embassy, McLeod headed a two-person team and reported
to ambassador Joanna Hewitt.
His remit covered public and media affairs, publications and the
Planned forthcoming Australian events in Belgium and Luxembourg include
a wreath-laying in Zonnebeke, Luxembourg, to commemorate ANZAC Day on 25
April and a show by the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Brussels in