Cratus calls in Conservative grandee Stephen Dorrell for associate role
The planning public affairs specialist has also nabbed a director from a rival agency.
Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell has taken up a part-time role at Cratus Communications as the agency has also moved to boost its frontline management team.
Dorrell becomes one of five associates at Cratus, which specialises in planning public affairs and is led by CEO Nick Kilby.
The Conservative MP served in John Major’s government at the time of the BSE crisis, and went on to be a respected chairman of the health select committee between 2010 and 2014. He stepped down from the Commons in 2015 and will combine the new job at Cratus with his various other roles, including chair of NHS Confederation.
Cratus has also nabbed a director from rival agency Chelgate to be head of planning communications. Julian Seymour has defected to Cratus after just over a year at Chelgate. He has also worked for planning specialists PPS Group and Snapdragon Consulting, which was recently acquired by PLMR.
Meanwhile, former Indigo Public Affairs consultant Ian George has joined the agency as a director. George is also a councillor on Kingston upon Thames Council.
Cratus was established in 2009 by Kilby, a former Kingston councillor, and Kevin Davis, who is now Conservative leader of Kingston Council. Former Local Government Association chair Sir Merrick Cockell is the firm’s executive chairman. Cratus, which is not a member of the APPC, also employs Tory MP Bob Neill as a non-executive director.
Kilby said in a statement: "These new and exciting appointments add to the support we can offer our growing client base in the drive to provide more homes, to improve and innovate in local services and to bring investment and growth to the economies of communities up and down the country."
His statement continued: "Our world is local and we are focused on provided the best insight, strategic advice and support to those whose world is local too!"