Short’s private secretary takes up GIS position

Richard Calvert, private secretary to Clare Short, the Secretary of State for International Development, is to replace the current head of information for Short’s department.

Richard Calvert, private secretary to Clare Short, the Secretary of

State for International Development, is to replace the current head of

information for Short’s department.



Calvert, a career civil servant who has never worked for the Government

InformationService, will take over in mid-December from Philip Aylett,

who is considering his options.



The move was described as a blow to the GIS by one Whitehall

insider.



’It’s another smack in the face in that they think that a

non-professional can take over a professional job,’ said the

insider.



As private secretary, Calvert runs Short’s office and accompanies her on

ministerial visits. He previously worked as private secretary to

Baronness Linda Chalker, during her tenure as minister for Overseas

Development.



Calvert said the posts had changed since being upgraded, with more

emphasis on promoting awareness of development issues. ’I feel confident

about doing the job,’ he said.



The head of information post was subsequently upgraded, and Aylett

applied for but failed to secure the job.



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