DCA's Anderson clinches director of comms post

The Department for Constitutional Affairs has promoted head of strategy Mike ­Anderson to take over its director of comms post.

The role involves advising the high-profile Lord Falconer, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, and over­seeing a 150-strong comms department.

Anderson has taken the top PR role in the directorate having served for a year as head of strategy, and will now report to director-general of strategy Rod Clark. He ­oversees the press office, ­internal and strategic comms, publicity, publications, events, research, economics and statistics, strategy development and performance management.

Anderson replaces Lucian Hudson, who joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October as director of comms (PRWeek, 8 September). Hudson is now Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett's most senior press aide.

Head of strategic comms Sue George has been acting in the post and now returns to her original role. She was promoted to the newly created job 12 months ago (PRWeek, 14 Oct 2005).

The DCA is considering introducing televised ­trials and strengthening the law against inciting ­racial hatred, following the case of BNP leader Nick Griffin who was cleared of the offence last week. The DCA is also responsible for the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act, and is considering a charging system for FOI requests to deter serial enquiries. 

Last month, former DCA minister Keith Vaz accused the department of spending £50m on consultants over a ten-year period.

Anderson was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.

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