Welsh First Secretary Alun Michael is seeking a communications
director to head the new Welsh Assembly’s press and PR operation. The
director will report to Michael and take over the remit currently held
by Welsh Office information director Pat Wilson.
Wilson is moving to London to become press secretary to the new
secretary of state for Wales, who has not been appointed yet following
Michael’s election last month (PR Week, 8 January). Wilson will
initially head a small team of two or three.
The new director will oversee a 30-strong team which is currently in the
process of expanding. These PROs will be split between Cathays Park, the
current headquarters of the Welsh Office, and Crickhowell House, the
Assembly’s temporary home.
The communications chief’s deputy and number three have already been
named. They are head of news Des Clifford and chief press officer Alan
Cummins. Clifford and Cummins move up one grade from their former posts
in the Welsh Office information division.
The Assembly was officially opened last week and the Welsh Secretary’s
powers transfer to the First Secretary at the end of this month.