Alex Aiken is the Executive Director for Government Communications. He was appointed in December 2012 and has been responsible for creating the Government Communications Service and developing cross-government campaigns.
Between 2000 and 2012 he was Director of Communications and Strategy for Westminster City Council, leading the policy, member services and communications teams. He served as part of the group that oversaw the implementation of the Tri-Borough Shared Services programme and established the Westco communications consultancy which works for public and private sector clients around the UK.
He has been National Secretary of LGcommunications and Vice Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association Council. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
Before joining Westminster he worked in Parliament and for Conservative Central Office, leading the party’s Campaigns Unit and the Press Office. He has trained and advised politicians and officials in countries and states around the world in the practice of government and communications.
Alex was educated at the London School of Economics and Dame Alice Owen’s School.
He lives in Pimlico, London with his wife and children. In his spare time he is Chairman of an amateur football club, Westminster Wanderers FC and serves on the advisory Board for Hotel Future.
Executive Director, Government Communications
The Executive Director for Government Communications is responsible for government communication strategy, managing the combined Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office communications team and serves as Head of Profession for the Government Communications Service.
The Director is also responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of government communications through the approval of marketing spending and the procurement of external contracts.
The role includes serving on the Government Communications Board, providing advice to ministers and senior officials and is part of the Cabinet Office senior management team.
Additional responsibilities include:
- major cross-government campaigns
- the Government Communication Plan
- communications around the Civil Service Reform
- standards of professionalism in government communications
- the Government Communications Service reform programme