DfEE will bring in two to replace Haslam

The Department for Education and Employment has decided to restructure its communications team after failing to find a suitable candidate to replace Jonathan Haslam as director of information.

The Department for Education and Employment has decided to

restructure its communications team after failing to find a suitable

candidate to replace Jonathan Haslam as director of information.



Haslam was one of a raft of directors of information to leave their

posts following the general election last year.



He joined the London Metal Exchange as its first corporate affairs

director in November 1997. His former post, which covered publicity and

media relations, was advertised then, but the DfEE board found

applicants were not of sufficient calibre for the position.



The board has now decided on a departmental reorganisation which will

split Haslam’s publicity and press relations functions into two new

posts: head of publicity, which has been filled by the previous deputy

director of information (publicity), John Ross; and a head of news, the

post of which was advertised this week.



A director of strategy and communications, who will oversee the two new

posts, is being appointed to replace David Normington, who is moving to

head up the schools directorate.



Haslam reported to Normington, who oversaw international relations,

strategy, analytical services and communications.



The new director will head a slimmed down DfEE information service,

renamed directorate of strategy and communications. A DfEE spokesman

said: ’The board did not consider the previous structure to be the most

efficient in meeting the policy and ministerial demands made of it’.



The DfEE’s international relations unit has been hived off to the

directorate of employment and lifelong learning, while analytical

services will now come under the department’s financial directorate.



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