COI job cuts
Trade unions are now in negotiations with the department over the redundancies, which will be finalised on 1 November.
Hughes – who runs the 16-strong events division at COI – said: "There are still quite a lot of interesting discussions going on between the unions and COI generally."
Harder and faster
He added that he expected departments to make detailed decisions on exactly what they would cut from their budgets by January or February.
"Overall there will be much more focused communication but the overriding objective for us is that should come through COI," said Hughes.
"Departments need to make things work harder and faster, and we are the expert procurers in the markets we operate in."
He added the process of "massive reform" in the public sector meant it was "inconceivable" that face-to-face communication would end.
"We have been early through this process and a whole lot of others are going through it now," explained Hughes. "We have been a test case."