New generation rises up to run public affairs at Hanover

Written by Rod Muir on 12 December 2017 in News

Rosie Luff, Daniel Gilbert and Katie Blower are all under 40.

Hanover has announced a new management team for its London public affairs operation, headed by long-serving consultant Katie Blower.

Blower, who joined Hanover as an account executive in 2006, becomes managing director of UK advocacy. She replaces Laura Swire who is stepping back from the post at Hanover but remaining on the books as a senior adviser.

The shake-up also sees former Conservative special adviser Daniel Gilbert and creative industries specialist Rosie Luff becoming directors in the 30-strong public affairs practice.

Gilbert is a former special adviser to Jo Johnson in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, while Luff has previously been public affairs manager at Southbank Centre. Her father is the former Conservative MP Peter Luff. The pair join former Labour adviser Rhoda Macdonald as directors in the public affairs practice.

Hanover Group has 139 full-time employees across Europe and 2016 revenue in excess of £11m. The public affairs team's client list includes brands such as Sky, Tesco, Facebook, Microsoft, Airbus, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Goldman Sachs and Tata Steel. During Swire’s four-year tenure as managing director the team doubled in size and revenue, a spokesman claimed.

Hanover founder and chief executive Charles Lewington said: "At Hanover, we believe in recognising and rewarding the best talent. It gives me particular pleasure when we can promote from within the business."



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