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Final statement

10 June 2008

Howell James CBE is standing down from his role as Permanent Secretary, Government Communication to take up a senior position with Barclays PLC.

Howell, who was appointed to his present post in July 2004, will be leaving the Cabinet Office to take up his new role as Group Corporate Affairs Director at Barclays in the autumn following the standard three-month waiting period for Permanent Secretaries – as set out in the Civil Service Management Code.

Commenting on his impending move, Howell said:

“It has been a great privilege to serve as the Permanent Secretary for Government Communication and before that to play a part in shaping the future of government communications as part of the Phillis Review Team. The last four years have been stimulating and hugely rewarding. As a civil servant, I've had the good fortune to serve two Prime Ministers and their teams, all of whom have given me their full support. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Government and it has been a great pleasure to work alongside so many excellent people.”

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell said:

“Howell has made an outstanding contribution to improving the standards of government communications and the status of professionals working in the field over the past four years as head of profession. He has led the way during a period of transformation in media and communications. He can be rightly proud of all that has been achieved during his tenure and I wish him every success in his new role.”