FSA communications director quits

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.”