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.’