Rose to lead Customs and Excise PR

Peter Rose, press secretary to the Neill Committee on Standards in Public Life, is moving to head an expanded communications division at HM Customs and Excise.

Peter Rose, press secretary to the Neill Committee on Standards in

Public Life, is moving to head an expanded communications division at HM

Customs and Excise.



Under Lord Nolan and his successor Lord Neill, Rose has worked on

inquiries into standards in Parliament, local government and the funding

of political parties.



Customs and Excise has decided to create a PR division, under Rose,

which will be responsible for both internal and external communications.

The division will include the nine-strong press and PR team, which

handles media relations, marketing, advertising and exhibitions. The

team is headed by Lorna Sinclair, who is retiring at the end of the

month. Internal communications is not the responsibility of any one

department, but is handled by a staff across the organisation.



Rose will report to deputy chairman Timothy Walker. Sinclair previously

reported to head of corporate development group Gary Jones, who in turn

reports to Walker.



Customs and Excise is responsible for collecting tax on goods and

services, keeping illegally imported goods and endangered species out of

the country and collecting trade figures. It employs 24,000 staff.



Rose said: ’It is a highly devolved organisation, with only 500 or 600

staff in the centre. It is important that the organisation as a whole

knows the direction in which it is heading.’



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