Education secretary signs up B-M’s Meg Powell Chandler as special adviser

Written by David Singleton on 12 February 2018 in News

Damian Hinds has lured the Tory operator back to frontline politics.

Burson Marsteller director Meg Powell Chandler is leaving the agency to be a special adviser to the new education secretary Damian Hinds.

Powell Chandler is a former special adviser to business secretary Greg Clark and also worked in Number 10 during David Cameron’s premiership.

She moved in to lobbying in August 2017 with the senior role in Burson Marsteller’s public affairs practice. But she has now been lured back to front line politics after just six months in the agency world.

"Meg joined Burson-Marsteller as a special adviser and is now returning to the Whitehall corridors of power," the firm’s UK CEO Stephen Day told PAN.

He added: "Like any first rate public affairs team, Burson-Marsteller always maintains close contacts and relationships with the government of the day."

Hinds replaced Justine Greening as education secretary in the January 2018 reshuffle. He was formerly a minister in the Department for Work and Pensions and has already been publicly spoken of as a future prime minister by two well-known Tories.

Chandler Powell is a former head of briefing for the Conservative party. As a director at Burson Marsteller, she recently penned a blog post asking whether Theresa May’s eyes were "too big for her stomach" on the issue of executive pay.

In the 2017 general election she stood as the Tory candidate for Birmingham Northfield but lost out to Labour’s Richard Burden. 

She is currently still working for Burson Marsteller and is expected to take up the new job with the education secretary later this month.

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