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FSA communications director quits

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The FSA has announced a new communcations director 18 months after it appointed Tony Blair’s former spin doctor to the role.

Tom Kelly, who was Blair’s official spokesman from 2001 to 2007, joined the FSA in May last year as communications director.

He is leaving the regulator at the end of this month to take up a role with Network Rail.

Kelly will be replaced by Department of Work and Pensions acting director of communications Zitah McMillan. Prior to her role at the DWP McMillan was marketing director and brand director at global communciations agency Publicis.

McMillan will take up her new role in January. Head of media relations Kirsty Clay will assume the role over December.

FSA chief executive Hector Sants says: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Zitah McMillan as communications director.  

“She will join our senior management team at a time of considerable change, as the FSA continues to deliver its intensive supervisory approach and influence the international regulatory policy agenda, whilst meeting the challenges of designing the future regulatory structure.  

“Her broad communications experience will bring considerable strength to the organisation as we take forward these priorities and those laid out in our business plan.”

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  • From one gravy train to another!

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  • Gissa job!

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  • I wonder if the new role is a conductor? Probably of equal importance. Good luck Tom.

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  • Never heard from him at the FSA him, so he's obviously a very good comunicator!

    I'm sure network rail want someone of such a high calibre, desparately.

    From one sinecure to the next. Ah, Bisto.

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  • Presumably he is fed up with things going off the rails.

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  • He will probably want to fine passengers for standing incorrectly when there are no seats.

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  • If the communications to the TSC or the rest of us are anything to go by he will be best placed at network rail.

    Always late, never on time, standing room only and mind those pesky leaves you might fall flat on your backside.

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  • I never saw this job advertised. Pehaps its because I do not read the Guardian or perhaps it was never advertised at all and its jobs for the boys again. its much like a merry go round, moving from one employer to another and back agian

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  • A natural move for someone who communicates regulatory train crashes.

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  • Doesn't this just explain some of the recent missives from Hector's House? Now we know that Tony Blair's spin doctor has been working his magic on their recent announcements, all begins to make a little more sense. Why bother letting the truth get in the way of anything when you can dress your message up to suit your purpose?

    What is so very distressing is that no-one really sussed what an odious character Blair was until he was gone and a proper review of his time in office was possible. If ever a Prime Minister did more to ruin the country, you'd struggle to name him.

    And so what of Hector et al? Time will surely again be the judge, but, like Blair, by that time he will probably be raking in the millons from 'consultancy' positions? Still, nice that he wants to 'give something back in the twilight of his career'!

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