Simon Wren works with, and advises, the Home Secretary and Home Office ministers and senior officials on the strategic development and daily management of all the Home Office’s external and internal communications.
Simon, who took up his post in April 2012, oversees the press office, marketing and insight, strategic communications, internal communications (including the intranet), digital communications and public and ministerial correspondence.
From 2011 to March 2012 he was director of media and communications at the Ministry of Defence (MOD), previously having been head of news here at the Home Office. Simon joined the civil service in 1985 and his early career, also at the MOD, included posts in procurement, army training and naval planning, before being appointed chief press officer in 2000.
He was acting director of news at the MOD during the UK response to the September 11th attacks, directing the communications effort during the subsequent military operations in Afghanistan. In late 2001, he was appointed head of media relations during the initial military deployment supporting the reopening of the British Embassy in Kabul and in 2003, he undertook another short-term operational tour as the command media adviser for the UK Gulf Forces.
Simon is married and lives in London and in his spare time, he says, he loves nothing better than supporting Tottenham Hotspur or attending an ear-splitting heavy rock concert.
- developing and overseeing the implementation of the Home Office’s communications strategy
- increasing the department’s understanding of, and engagement with, the public, its partners and staff
- building confidence in the department’s ability to protect the public
- working across government on communications issues and policies
- contributing to the leadership of the department