DAVID Nooney, the civil servant who was responsible for implementing many of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) now-discredited organisational reforms, is leaving to join the Welsh Office.
The director of corporate services' departure was announced on the day of the publication of Sir Iain Glidewell's review of the CPS, which calls for root and branch reform of the service under a radically different style of management.
CPS prosecutors have interpreted the move - which coincides with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dame Barbara Mills QC's decision to step down from her post early - as a sign of the Government's determination to change the culture of the service.
The new chief executive, Mark Addison, has already taken up his newly-created post and it is rumoured that Mills' two other deputies - director of casework services Graham Duff and Director of Casework Evaluation Chris Newell - may also be leaving.
But a CPS spokesman said there were "no plans for any immediate moves". Kevin Goodwin, the CPS convener for the Association of First Division Civil Servants, said lawyers at the CPS were delighted by the findings of the Glidewell report.
He said: "The reaction has been one of delight that the policies of the last six years have been exposed for what they are - in terms of being fundamentally flawed and repressive."
Roy Amlot QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, was among lawyers who welcomed the report's recommendations, despite fears the CPS could become too de-centralised.
He said he was surprised Mills had not made her decision to step down from the post a year earlier.