Wren forged a place for himself at the Home Office, having been its head of news for five years between 2006 and 2011 before becoming director of comms in 2012, where he co-ordinated the Government’s messages on the crime and law and order agendas.
Wren joined the civil service in 1985. Early roles at the MoD included working on procurement, Army training and Navy planning before becoming its chief press officer in 2000.
He was acting director of news at the MoD during the UK response to 9/11, before managing the comms effort during the subsequent military operations in Afghanistan.
In 2001 he was became head of media relations and in 2003 undertook a short-term operational tour as the command media adviser for UK Gulf Forces.
PRWeek understands that the Home Office is in the process of recruiting a permanent replacement for Wren and that applications for the position have already closed.