Ed Miliband Appoints New Chief of Staff

21 December 2011

Ed_LOU1Tim Livesey is to join Ed Miliband’s office as the Labour Leader’s Chief of Staff.

The appointment will bring Tim’s huge experience of government, policy and politics into Ed Miliband’s office.

The former diplomat who worked with Nato is now the Archbishop of Canterbury’s senior adviser and previously worked in both the Foreign Office and 10 Downing Street.

Ed Miliband MP said:

"Tim has a wealth of knowledge and experience of Whitehall and Westminster.

“He is also someone who brings deep values and commitment to making Britain a fairer, more just country. I look forward to him putting these skills and ideals into practice to help us as an effective Opposition and an alternative to this Government."

Tim Livesey said:

“I am pleased and delighted to be given this opportunity to work with Ed Miliband and his team.

“The challenges ahead, not just for the party but for the country are immense.

“We all know of Ed’s unflinching commitment, and the commitment of the whole party, to tackle those challenges.
“I hope to do my bit and look forward to getting started in the New Year.”
Acting Chief of Staff Lucy Powell will now take up her planned role as Deputy Chief of Staff with responsibility for political and external relationships.

Next year the party will move headquarters to a new building in London to allow an increase in activity and campaigning.

After the review of the Labour Party’s organisation and structure by Charles Allen and Iain McNicol, the Labour Party will also establish an executive board with six Executive Directors whose job descriptions will be published shortly.

The posts will be advertised in an open and transparent way and the best candidates selected in early 2012.

The Executive Directors will have responsibility for the key areas of:

*  Communications
*  Rebuttal and Policy
*  Field Operations
*  Commercial
*  Governance and Services
*  Membership and Supporters

The aim of the review is to ensure there is a strengthened clarity of purpose, clearer structures and improved communications across the party as a whole.

It will ensure the party serves our members, elected representatives and is ready to fight and win elections.

Tim Livesey Biography

Tim Livesey has been the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary (senior adviser) for International Affairs since September 2010 following four years as his Secretary for Public Affairs 2006-2010. Before that he was a diplomat for 20 years serving in Morocco, Nigeria and Paris where he was head of Press and Public Affairs.
He was Assistant Press Secretary to the Prime Minister 2000-2002, Principal Adviser to the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster 2002-2004 (on secondment from the Foreign Office) and Head of Global Public Diplomacy and Assistant Director for Strategy and Information in the Foreign Office 2004-2006.