Gauke lands Lansons lobbyist
Exclusive: James Dowling is to become a special adviser to the senior Treasury minister
The chief secretary to the Treasury has gone to strategic communications firm Lansons to find his first special adviser.
PAN has discovered that David Gauke has signed up Lansons head of public policy James Dowling to be his top political aide.
Dowling will leave Lansons in the coming weeks to take up his new post at the Treasury.
He joined the agency's public affairs team in February 2016 and his clients have included Isle of Man Government, Nationwide and Vocalink.
Dowling previously spent four years as a director in Fleishman Hillard’s public affairs practice. Prior to entering public affairs, he held various posts in the Treasury including head of the finance bill team and head of insurance sector policy.
Lansons chief executive Tony Langham confirmed Dowling’s departure and said the agency was seeking a senior hire with public policy expertise to replace him.
Langham said: “I’m sad to see James leave as he has provided valuable insight and advice to our clients in his time at Lansons - but the opportunity to rejoin the Treasury was impossible for him to turn down. In a way it’s flattering to see our people so highly rated.”
Gauke was appointed to his current role by Theresa May in July 2016. The Conservative MP for Hertfordshire South West previously served as exchequer secretary to the Treasury and then as financial secretary to the Treasury during David Cameron’s premiership.
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