Outgoing EHRC comms director Kamal Ahmed has said he is moving back to journalism because he was made an offer he could not refuse.
Speaking to PRWeek, Ahmed said of his imminent move to The Sunday Telegraph: 'This was an opportunity that was impossible to turn down. I wholeheartedly support the commission and the work it is doing and wish it all the very best for the future ... I would suggest people watch the commission's programme during the next six months before jumping to conclusions about what it is or isn't doing.'
Before joining the commission, Ahmed was executive editor, news, at The Observer, which he helped to relaunch. Before that he was political editor at the newspaper.
When he becomes business editor at The Sunday Telegraph, he will return to a profession he sees as his natural home. As he entered communications 17 months ago, he told PRWeek: 'I consider myself a journalist.'
In a PRWeek profile of Ahmed last April, one senior Whitehall comms chief sowed the first seed of doubt over his future in communications: 'He walks interviews with intellect and charm, and is an engaging presence. But he has rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way. He likes you if you're on the right side, but his new job deals with lots of different people. It depends on how good he is at dealing with stakeholders.'