Perrior gets green light to advise clients… at drinks events
The former No 10 comms chief will be let loose in the lobbying world after dark.
Theresa May’s former communications director has returned to her old PR and lobbying agency to “streamline the business”, it has emerged.
Katie Perrior has told the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments that she will not be working with any clients during the day. But she will be let loose on existing and potential clients at boozy lobbying parties.
PAN reported in June that Perrior was taking on a new role as chair of iNHouse Communications, which she set up in 2006 with fellow Tory staffer Jo Tanner. She is signed up to work for four days a month in the new job.
In its letter granting her the go-ahead, Acoba put the focus on Perrior's plans to "streamline". The word is often used by businesses as a euphemism for cost-cutting and sometimes for redundancies.
The letter, made public today, stated: “She does not wish to return to her previous position of co-owner and client lead, but explained in her application that she has been offered a role to help streamline the business and improve its performance.
“Other than at drinks events, she will not meet or work with clients face-to-face.”
Acoba has advised that Perrior can work for the PR and lobbying firm with the usual conditions attached - namely that she “should not draw on… any privileged information available to her from her time in Crown service” and that “for two years from her last day in service, she should not become personally involved in lobbying the Government on behalf of INHouse Communications or its subsidiaries or clients”.
Announcing Perrior’s return in June, Tanner said: “After significant growth in recent months, we have decided to invest heavily to bolster our senior counsel and ensure we can continue to provide our clients with the best advice and support.”
Earlier this year, PAN revealed that InHouse had appointed Fleishman Hillard Fishburn head of public affairs Michelle Di Leo as a partner.