Former Number 10 strategy chief Chris Wilkins heads to iNHouse

Written by David Singleton on 13 February 2019 in News

The agency run by Jo Tanner and Katie Perrior has also made a Labour signing.

Theresa May’s former strategy director and speechwriter is joining iNHouse Communications as chief strategic advisor.

A Conservative Party veteran, Chris Wilkins is credited with writing May's famous "nasty party" speech, delivered at the 2002 party nconference. He also wrote May’s 2016 Tory conference speech, but left Downing Street weeks after the disastrous 2017 general election. 

Last year, he delivered a speech on Brexit and public opinion to the UK in a Changing Europe think tank.




Wilkins joins iNHouse Communications at the same time as former Labour party press officer Paul Ovenden, who quit in 2017 to join PR firm M&C Saatchi as an account director. Ovenden takes the title of director at iNHouse.

The two hires come almost a year after former director Michelle Di Leo walked out on iNHouse after less than a year at the Westminster-based PR and public affairs shop. 

The agency was set up by former Conservative party staffers Jo Tanner and Katie Perrior in 2006. After leaving and enduring a brief stint as May’s communications director, Perrior returned to iNHouse in 2017 but was told she could only talk to clients at drinks parties.

In its letter granting her the go-ahead to return to the lobbying world, the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments stated: “Other than at drinks events, she will not meet or work with clients face-to-face.”




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