Hammond’s Top SpAd Poppy Trowbridge Leaving Treasury

Philip Hammond’s top SpAd Poppy Trowbridge is set to return to the private sector later this Spring after almost three years in the Treasury. Poppy joined from Sky News although she is yet to reveal where she will be going after she leaves HMT. Her colleagues in the Treasury have known for a while that she intended to leave after the Spring Statement and Brexit Day, although the details of her departure are yet to be finalised amid the ongoing political drama. Given the looming Brexit delay it could be a while yet before she makes it out…

mdi-timer 18th March 2019 @ 3:40 pm 18th Mar 2019 @ 3:40 pm mdi-comment Comments
SpAd List: Bumper Edition

Guido brings you a bumper edition of the SpAd List to keep you up to date on the inner machinations of the Government machine. Deep breath…

Former Osborne adviser Baroness Eleanor Shawcross is Amber Rudd’s Chief of Staff at DWP – Jean-Andre Prager is now officially only at No 10 but still has a desk at DWP. Former CRD-er Declan Lyons is now at DEFRA with Gove. Claire Pearsall is SpAd to Immigration Minister Caroline Noakes. Guy Newey departed from BEIS last year to work in the energy sector.

Elliot Roy has replaced Jenny Donelan at Scotland, while former Hague adviser Anthony Mangnall has replaced Sophie Traherne at Wales. Busy Chief Whip Julian Smith is also advised by CSJ alumna Claire Coutinho, Lilah Howson-Smith and Ross Reid, who is shared with Number 10. And finally, Gaj Wallooppillai has replaced Amy Fisher as Head of Outreach at CCHQ.

Let Guido know any further updates

mdi-timer 1st March 2019 @ 4:53 pm 1st Mar 2019 @ 4:53 pm mdi-comment Comments
SpAd Moves: Amy Fisher Quits CCHQ

Amy Fisher is leaving CCHQ, where she is director of external affairs, outreach and special projects. Amy was most recently SpAd to Amber Rudd at the Home Office and before that ran the Tory press office. She’s off to spin for lobbyists MHP Public Affairs…

Let Guido know any updates

mdi-timer 25th February 2019 @ 12:53 pm 25th Feb 2019 @ 12:53 pm mdi-comment Comments
SpAd Moves: Downing Street Departures

Following the news that May’s close adviser Alex Dawson is leaving No 10 for Peter Mandelson’s Global Counsel outfit, Guido can reveal another move with Kenny Ferguson also leaving Downing Street to become Special Adviser to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay alongside Steph Lis. Ferguson had been Downing Street’s Chief Press Officer for Brexit and the Economy since October 2017 and was previously at the Treasury and DfID. Congratulations…

Guido can also confirm Amber Rudd’s lineup at DWP. Rudd has kept on Esther McVey’s SpAds Alex Hitchcock and Jean-Andre Prager, who continues to work between DWP and No 10, alongside Jason Stein who joined from the Treasury in December. Get in touch with any further updates…

mdi-timer 8th January 2019 @ 1:00 pm 8th Jan 2019 @ 1:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Holden’s Return Ticket to Transport

Ric Holden has made his way back into government after being cleared of some unpleasant false allegations. After a little delay to clear vetting his Special Adviser’s return ticket takes him to the Department of Transport where he replaces Emma Boon who scooted off to a transport start-up. The transport gig is one of the toughest in government so he’ll have his work cut out.

Interesting little factoid. Grayling is the only Leaver to serve continuously in the Cabinet since Cameron’s day. Patel, Whittingdale, Villiers, IDS are gone. Fox and Gove went and returned. Grayling is the only Leaver to have come through it all…

Guido can also bring you a couple of other updates – Jason Stein has moved from the Treasury press office where he was Liz Truss’s Press Secretary to become Amber Rudd’s SpAd at DWP, while former Dom Raab SpAd Steph Lis has remained at DExEU under new Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay. Get in touch with any further updates…

mdi-timer 7th December 2018 @ 10:32 am 7th Dec 2018 @ 10:32 am mdi-comment Comments
SpAd Moves: Lords Leadership Overhaul

The TPA’s popular Campaign Manager James Price is moving to become Special Adviser to Baroness Evans, the Leader of the House of Lords. Price is well known in think tank circles and a stalwart social fixture in Westminster. Smart hire…

Price joins former public affairs executive Tom Kennedy, who joined Baroness Evans’ office at the end of last month. He previously worked as a Parliamentary staffer for Jesse Norman. Thomas Pretty has left in order to become a SpAd down under to Australia’s new Education Minister, Dan Tehan. Congratulations…

mdi-timer 8th November 2018 @ 1:36 pm 8th Nov 2018 @ 1:36 pm mdi-comment Comments
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