Ben Foat

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Dear Post Office Limited,Can you please confirm what date Ben Foat started work at POL and what posts he has held?

Yours faithfully,

john o'sullivan, Post Office Limited

Our ref: FOI2022/00592

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Yours sincerely,

Jackie Lawrence

Information Rights Team

Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street

London, EC2Y 9AQ, Post Office Limited

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Dear [email address],Thank you for a reply.Can you explain why The Post Office Corporate site Executive Team page tells us Ben was appointed to General Counsel of Post Office Limited in May 2019 but all other individuals have the date they joined the Post Office prominent in their listing.It is just that in June 2020 Nick Read told a Select Committee"Ben was appointed to General Counsel of Post Office Limited in May 2019."This statement and your Corporate website are at odds with your reply.Why is this?

Yours sincerely,

john o'sullivan

information.rights, Post Office Limited

Dear Mr O'Sullivan,

Thank you for making us aware of this issue and I apologise for the delay in responding. We have raised this internally and are looking into it.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

Data Protection and Information Rights Team

Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street
London, EC2Y 9AQ

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Dear information.rights,Thank you for a reply,What do you mean by the expression" making us aware"?Surely Nick Read's letter to the BEIS Select Committee of 16th June 2020, did not write itself and the Post Office's General Counsel must have given it the once-over?Similarly what is meant by the word "issue"?Do you feel Ben's listing in the Corporate Site's failure to mention a start date when everyone elses does is an oversight or deliberate?I would be amazed if he hadnt taken a peek at his bio given his legal background and justifiable pride in his promotion and wondered why his is different-perhaps you can ask him if he had spotted the difference?Or anyone else at all in the Post Office?

Yours sincerely,

john o'sullivan