OGC snares BBC comms chief for top media role

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC), the unit that handles purchasing for the Government, has brought in a BBC comms chief as its new head of media relations.

English: head of media relations
English: head of media relations

Liam English will target national and local press as part of the OGC’s comms programme.

English will work alongside media relations mana­ger Michael Dunning and ­report to director of comms Catherine Hastings. He joined last week, replacing Martin Day who has left to pursue freelance work.

English previously spent four years as public and community relations manager for TV licensing at the BBC. He led a team of ten handling media relations for over-the-counter payment services and the launch of new television detection equipment. Before that, he was a corporate spokesman in the BBC press office.

He has also handled media relations for the Euro­pean Commission and the Department of Health.

The hire of English coincides with the appointment of new OGC chief executive Nigel Smith, who is updating the organisation’s procurement procedure.

English will be directly supporting that process, and a number of key announcements will be made over the coming weeks. 

English said: ‘This is an ­exciting time to be joining the OGC, especially in light of the stronger powers it has been given by the Government to deliver a major ­improvement in the Government’s procurement and commercial activity.’ 

He added: ‘The OGC has been charged with driving the changes required to promote more intelligent government procurement and value for money for the taxpayer.’

The OGC, an office of HM Treasury, is responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards in procurement, from commodities buying to the ­delivery of major capital projects.

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