Pembroke: Moving times

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ALL CHANGE on the jobs front yesterday.

Former Times editor Lord Rees-Mogg, shortly to step down as gogglebox watchdog (aka chairman of the Broadcasting Standards Council), has one job lined up already. He is to join International Business Communications, the newsletter publisher and conference organiser, as a non-executive director, where presumably he won't need all those censorship skills learnt in television.

MEANWHILE, in the upper echelons of the Building Societies Association, Adrian Coles is appointed director-general to succeed Mark Boleat, who moves to the Association of British Insurers as director-general, a new position there. Or, at least, a new title, given that the ABI is 'saying goodbye' to Mike Jones, who was a mere chief executive.

AND JOHN JACKSON was also on the move, quitting as group operations director of Body Shop International, having apparently reorganised himself out of a job. Since last autumn Mr Jackson has been masterminding the reshuffling of Body Shop into seven divisions, each with its own management structure.

'There was no great animosity in John's leaving,' volunteered Jilly Forster, press director. 'He wanted a bigger job.' At the moment he has none at all, but all is not lost.

Mr Jackson will, appropriately enough, continue to sit with Gordon Roddick, chairman, on the supervisory board of The Big Issue - the Body Shop-backed, right-on newspaper sold by the destitute.

THE BTR-isation of British Aerospace under John Cahill continues apace as BAe reveals it will not be piloting a press chalet at next month's Paris Air Show. Could it be that Mr Cahill is less than enthusiastic about forking out lots of francs for a single-storey wigwam in which to entertain guests? Sad news for the poor hacks, who will now have to queue up at the nearest cabines de telephone to file their reports.

BZW's door was darkened with tons of coal yesterday on impact day for RJB Mining, whose flotation the broker is masterminding. Gavin Anderson, its PR firm, is now awaiting sealed bids for the three bags left on its doorstep.