Executive Director, Government Communications

Alex Aiken

Alex Aiken



Alex Aiken is the Executive Director for Government Communications.

Between 2000 and 2012 he was Director of Communications and Strategy for Westminster City Council. He was also National Secretary of LGcommunications and Vice Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association Council.

Before joining Westminster he held senior posts at Conservative Central Office, leading the party’s Campaigns Unit from 1999 to 2000 and the Press Office from 1995 to 1999. He has also trained politicians and officials in newly democratic states around the world in the practice of government and communications.

Alex is also, in his spare time, Chairman of an amateur football club, Westminster Wanderers FC.

Executive Director, Government Communications

The Executive Director for Government Communications is responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of government communications.

The Director leads the Downing Street Press Office and communications for the Deputy Prime Minister, the National Security Council and the Efficiency and Reform Group.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • the annual communication plan
  • communications around the Civil Service Reform programme
  • the establishment of shared communication hubs
  • government marketing controls, to ensure that government spending on communications is cost effective

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