Powell Chandler dives into director job at Burson Marsteller
Greg Clark’s former special adviser gets going with a candid blog post.
Former Conservative special adviser Meg Powell Chandler has moved in to lobbying with a senior role in Burson Marsteller’s public affairs practice.
Powell Chandler was most recently a special adviser to business secretary Greg Clark, who she also worked for when he was communities secretary. She also spent two years as a special adviser in Number 10 during David Cameron’s premiership.
In the 2017 general election she stood as the Tory candidate for Birmingham Northfield but lost out to Labour’s Richard Burden.
Powell Chandler started at Burson Marsteller last month and has now written a blog post for her new firm asking whether Theresa May’s eyes were "too big for her stomach" on the issue of executive pay.
In the article, Chandler Powell states: "There are two important skills in politics – the ability to identify the problem, and the ability to identify a workable and achievable solution to it.
"Theresa May’s Government has been very successful at the first, think back to her speech on the steps of Downing Street which was welcomed across the political divide for identifying the social and economic problems that face this country.
"Where it has been less successful… is that the solutions to these social and economic problems have failed one or both of two tests: popularity and achievability."
The former Tory adviser goes on to admit that her old department failed to deliver the goods on executive pay.
She writes: "In the newly formed department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, corporate governance was highlighted as a No 10 priority and plans were quickly drawn up to show the Prime Minister what could be achieved and quickly. But the plans presented by BEIS fell short of the ambition of Theresa May’s rhetoric."
She concludes that "if you want to do anything impactful in this space you need primary legislation" but also warns that "primary legislation is a high risk strategy".