Blow for Portland as ‘secret weapon’ Pauley quits

Written by David Singleton on 18 April 2017 in News

The senior lobbyist is said to be setting up his own shop.

Portland has been rocked by the resignation of its UK managing director Oliver Pauley.

The public affairs stalwart is said to be setting up his own agency after a disagreement about his future at Portland.

The new shop is expected to trade as Bunhill, with Pauley as the sole director at the outset.

One insider said Pauley had "fallen out" with Portland boss Tim Allan and decided to set up a rival business.

But Pauley declined to comment when contacted by PAN. Meanwhile a senior Portland source said: "It’s Olly's decision and he goes on good terms."

Allan said: "I've really enjoyed working with Oliver and I wish him the very best for the future."

Pauley joined Portland in 2011 after five years in the UK public affairs team at Fleishman-Hillard. The University of Oxford graduate was promoted to managing director in early 2015 and has been cited by industry insiders as key to Portland’s recess success in the UK public affairs arena.

"He’s their secret weapon," said one source with inside knowledge of Portland. "He may not be a big name but he's been the lynchpin of the public affairs operation in the UK."

Pauley’s role at Portland has included advising FMCG and financial services brands. He has also worked across regulated sectors including energy, water and telecoms.

Companies House records seen by PAN show that Pauley registered 'Bunhill Limited' last month. He provided a correspondence address on New Bridge Street, which is close to Blackfriars tube station in central London.


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