Brunswick bags ex-Cameron gatekeeper

Written by David Singleton on 24 January 2017 in News

Kate Fall joins heavyweight lobbying firm run by pal of her old boss.

David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff has taken a part-time role as an adviser for the financial and corporate lobbying firm Brunswick.

Kate Fall joins Brunswick as a senior adviser, with a focus on providing “strategic advice” to chairman Alan Parker. It comes after the former prime minister and his family reportedly stayed in Parker's house in Holland Park immediately after leaving Downing Street in 2015.

The latest appointment also comes after Cameron’s former media chiefs Craig Oliver and Graham Wilson have also recently joined lobbying firms. Oliver is now at Teneo Blue Rubicon while Wilson signed with Tulchan Communications. And Cameron's former strategy chief Ameet Gill has set up a new lobbying firm, Hanbury Strategy.

Fall was appointed as Cameron’s deputy chief of staff upon his election in 2010, having been his private office secretary in opposition.

Briefed to keep Cameron "punctual and punctilious", she was nicknamed 'the Gatekeeper' and remained by Cameron’s side in Number 10 until his resignation last year. She was nominated for a life peerage by Cameron in 2015.

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has given Fall the green light to take up the new job, subject to the usual two year lobbying ban.

Acoba has also stated that Fall did not have any “official contact” with Brunswick while in office and noted that the former Downing Street aide does not plan to deal with clients of Brunswick in the new job.

“Baroness Fall’s role would be to provide strategic advice to the Chairman and to assist him with recruitment to the company. She does not normally expect to have dealings with clients,” states the ruling.



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