The recently formed Identity and Passport Service (IPS) – an executive agency of the Home Office – is on the hunt for a director of marketing and comms.
The high-profile role includes communicating the Government’s plans for biometric passports, its efforts to clamp down on illegalimmigration and tackling spiralling numbers of identity fraud cases. The postholder will oversee 30 staff.
ID cards will be introduced from 2009 – but may take a decade to roll out.
Since its inception, the programme has attracted significant criticism. Concerns include possible infringement of civil liberties, with the potential creation of a national identity database, and the cost.
The recruit will report to executive director of business development/external affairs Katherine Courtney.