NEWS: Coe will leave Whitehall at the next election

Veteran Whitehall information chief Jim Coe is set to leave the Government Information Service at the General Election.

Veteran Whitehall information chief Jim Coe is set to leave the

Government Information Service at the General Election.



Coe, director of information at the Department for Education and

Employment, has opted for early retirement but, at the request of

Secretary of State Gillian Shephard, will stay until the election.

On retiring, Coe intends to do some consultancy work, in either PR or

public affairs.



At the DEE, Coe heads up 120 staff across two divisions, covering

publicity, advertising and publications, and media relations. He handles

a pounds 22 million budget, of which pounds 17 million goes on

publicity.



Coe, 54, has held his current post since 1989. His previous experience

includes two years as head of information at MAFF and two years as

deputy press secretary to then PM Thatcher, under Sir Bernard Ingham.

Before joining the Government Information Service in 1968 he worked for

12 years as a journalist in regional newspapers and news agencies.



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