Beddie tipped to head Scottish Parliament PR

The Scottish Office is close to appointing an academic to head communications for the new Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Office is close to appointing an academic to head

communications for the new Scottish Parliament.



Professor Lesley Beddie, currently head of the school of computing at

Napier University in Edinburgh, is tipped to take the role of

communications director. Like all senior civil servants, she is

undergoing a vetting procedure by the security services and is awaiting

clearance. If she gets the go-ahead she will be in place in time for the

May elections.



Her role will be to oversee media relations, the production of the

Parliament’s official records - known in Westminster as Hansard - the

new web-site which will allow the public greater access to the workings

of the chamber and the visitor centre.



The Scottish Office has already named Bethan Hubbard as information

systems head. She will report to Beddie and will be at the forefront of

the Scottish Office’s drive to create an ’on-line Parliament’. She

joined last month after a decade at publishing company FT Healthcare

Cartermill International where she was most latterly information

operations manager.



Beddie, who has been at Napier University since 1979, was unwilling to

comment. The Scottish Office would only confirm that she has been

offered the job but added that the post was ’unconfirmed.’



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