COI picks client services chief for commercial role

Alan%20BishopCOI has promoted client services director Ian Hamilton to the new role of commercial director. The position has been created as part of a restructure that aims to improve its relationship with Whitehall clients.

Hamilton, who will report to chief executive Alan Bishop, will have a brief to liaise with COI’s clients and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), an independent office of the Treasury. The OGC is responsible for improving value for money by increasing standards and capability in procurement.

A new Government strategy launched in January 2007, called Transforming Government Procurement, highlighted the importance of procurement in delivering high quality public services and best value for money. OGC is tasked with delivering this transformation across central Government.

Separately, COI has brought in the Department of Health (DoH) client services director Wendy Proctor as director of client account team (CAT). The division helps to define the scope of its communications briefs.

Proctor has previously worked as an account director at various advertising agencies including Grey and Leagas Shafron Davis. She will report to board director for client services and strategic director Graham Hooper.

Meanwhile, COI is getting ready to publish a report on the review of its media buying system, after it appointed Douglas McArthur, the founder of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), to examine its systems in September.

McArthur will provide COI with an analysis of future market conditions and provide recommendations as to how its buying contracts might be more effective, ensure greater value for money and help facilitate innovative and effective communications solutions.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here