Allison Potter-Drake joins on 1 September, replacing Michael Winders, who has taken the same post at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Potter-Drake will lead a team of press officers communicating cross-government policy in areas such as social exclusion, third sector policy, public service delivery and reform, and civil service reputation.
During her three years as chief press officer at the HSE, Potter-Drake implemented the 'Sensible Risk' campaign, which aimed to change the public's perception of health and safety professionals.
Before HSE, Potter-Drake was assistant director (news) at the Home Office, where she doubled as comms adviser on counter-terrorism and security issues. Previously, she worked for the Army and the Royal Navy at the Ministry of Defence and for Scotland Yard.