Alex Aiken is the executive director for government communications for the UK government. 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.