The Home Office's drugs strategy directorate is on the hunt for its
first PR chief.
The body was set up after last June's General Election and is tasked
with overseeing the cross-departmental National Drugs Strategy which has
£1.5m to spend this year.
It is split into three teams, the most active of which is the treatment,
young people and local delivery unit. The comms head will be based in
this unit, which is headed by Judith Lempriere.
The unit is also responsible for UK-wide drug action teams, which
include representatives from the police, prison service and health
The two other units are the communities and law enforcement unit, which
fights drugs on a global basis, and the drugs review team.
The directorate aims to halve the number of young people using Class A
drugs by 2008.
The head of communications is also tasked with co-ordinating
drug-related PR across departments, most notably the Department for
Education and Skills and the Department of Health.
Media relations for the directorate is handled by the Home Office's
crime reduction and drugs desk, which is headed by senior information
officer Tim Morris.
The team will work with the directorate's head of communications, who
will lead a team of four non-PR professional, policy specialists.
The drugs strategy director is Sue Killen.