Emily Tofield is the Director of Communications and Information Services at the Ministry of Justice. She is also a member of the Government Communication Service Board (GCS Board). Emily is a former Press Secretary and journalist and has worked on some of the most complex issues of recent years and on several of the country’s highest-profile news programmes.
Emily joined the Ministry of Justice in September 2016, where she runs the organisation’s Communications and Information Services Directorate, as well as DESIGN102, a successful creative design and video shared service, with a mission to increase quality and cut costs for the public sector.
She joined MoJ from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), where she was Group Director of Communications and led a trailblazing civil service functional leadership programme, creating an integrated communications team across several organisations, including Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Emily began her civil service career in the Cabinet Office, where she worked as Cross-Government Head of Media Relations and as Cabinet Office Head of Communications and Press Secretary to Francis Maude.
Emily joined the Cabinet Office from the BBC, where she worked for eight years on a range of news programmes, including the BBC News at Ten, where she was a Senior Producer and The Andrew Marr Show, which she produced and programme edited.