DTI information head is latest to resign from GIS

Almost half of the information heads in Whitehall’s 14 principal ministries have announced their departure since the Labour Government’s election to office in May.

Almost half of the information heads in Whitehall’s 14 principal

ministries have announced their departure since the Labour Government’s

election to office in May.



Department of Trade and Industry Director of Information Jean Caines

this week became the latest top press officer to tender her

resignation.



Caines, now 50, is taking early retirement after eight years in the

job.



She will remain in her post until March 1998.



She spoke warmly of her boss, President of the Board of Trade Margaret

Beckett, and said her decision was not related to the departure of five

other information heads since the election.



’I’m married to someone who is quite a bit older than me and we both

want to do other things,’ she said.



Jill Rutter at the Treasury and Gill Samuel at the Ministry of Defence

have both moved to new roles within the civil service, Liz Drummond at

the Scottish office has taken early retirement, Andy Wood at the

Northern Ireland office is on paid leave, and Steve Reardon at the

Department of Social Security has resigned.



This leaves eight heads of information still in place, including Romola

Christopherson, press and publicity director at the Department of

Health, and Jonathan Haslam, information director at the Department for

Education and Employment.



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