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.