Former Conservative MP James Wharton rises up at Hume Brophy
Wharton becomes corporate and public affairs chairman at the fast-growing lobbying firm.
Hume Brophy has named former Conservative MP James Wharton as its first corporate and public affairs chairman.
The ex-minister joined the lobbying firm last year as a part-time senior adviser, effectively replacing fellow Tory Esther McVey after she returned to the Commons. He is now stepping up his involvement with Hume Brophy as he takes on the new post.
"This new role involves a significant increase in James’s time commitment," said an agency source. They added that Wharton’s primary responsibilities in the new job include "developing client communication strategies and providing board-level political insight and analysis".
When he entered the Commons in 2010 aged 26, Wharton became his party’s youngest MP. In 2015, David Cameron made Wharton a junior minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse in the Department for Communities and Local Government. He lost his seat of Stockton South to Labour’s Paul Williams by just 888 votes in the 2017 general election.
Hume Brophy chief executive Conall McDevitt said: "James’s appointment comes at a very exciting moment for the team in corporate and public affairs. The practice has established itself as one of the key players in London public affairs, and recently incorporated the firm’s corporate affairs offering to allow seamless client campaigns.
"James’s political experience and business acumen will bolster the team as it takes on an increasing number of competitive briefs with companies we are proud to advise."
Commenting on the new role, Wharton said: “I have watched Hume Brophy grow exponentially and appoint some of the best consultants in the business the past few years. It is because of the respect I have gained over that time for the company and its clients that I am delighted to take on these enhanced responsibilities and integrate further into the team.
Hume Brophy has also promoted Charlotte Lang, a former MHP consultant, to the role of director in its public affairs practice.