We knew that various directors of A4e had come and gone, having done their stints on the board. However, separately from that, Mark Lovell has gone. His job was terminated at the end of May (yes, I know it's July now, but I've only just picked it up.) He had been with A4e since the start in 1991, and there were those who said that he was the brains behind the business rather than Emma Harrison. Lovell kept a low profile, in contrast to Ms Harrison, and I only remember seeing him on TV once. He was Executive Chairman of A4e for over 22 years, but in September last year he stepped down and became a non exec director. He's now become the principal of something called The Social Assistance Partnership. So all the old guard has gone.
There could be some new business for A4e if the Conservatives win in 2015. The "think tank" Policy Exchange, which is actually a Tory brand, wants to privatise jobcentres. There's a useful article in the Belfast Telegraph, and another on the Huffington Post site. The service would be split and the "employment services arm" privatised while the rest would be renamed Citizen Support. It's inevitable that any service still in the public sector will be outsourced sharpish if the Tories get in.