Prime Minister John Major is to lose a key member of his press team
following the appointment of Andrew Marre, deputy press secretary at
Number 10 Downing Street to the top communications post at the
Department of National Heritage.
Marre joins the department as head of information at the end of July or
early August, succeeding Andrea Maclean who quit the job for personal
reasons last month.
Heading a staff of 14, Marre will take responsibility for the DNH’s
press relations, publicity and promotional campaigns. The brief includes
all of the department’s activities, including the arts, sport,
broadcasting, the National Lottery, tourism and libraries. He will
report to Hayden Phillips, permanent secretary at the Department.
Marre has been at Number 10 since March 1995, lately reporting to chief
press secretary Jonathan Haslam. A career civil servant, he was head of
news at the department of trade and industry for four years and chief
press officer at the Department for Education before that. He has not
yet been replaced at Downing Street.
Marre will have to tackle a tough range of issues at the DNH, including
the controversial plan to host the Millennium Exhibition at Greenwich
and objections to the way in which the National Lottery is run. Recently
the department has faced strong criticism over delays to the building of
the new British Library in London. Costing pounds 511 million the
project is already pounds 128 million over budget.