Teneo taps up top mandarin Martin Donnelly as senior adviser

Written by David Singleton on 30 January 2018 in News

The former permanent secretary will be working in London and New York

Former senior civil servant Martin Donnelly is taking up a role as a senior adviser at the owner of Teneo Blue Rubicon.

Sir Martin spent six years as permanent secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills before becoming the first permanent secretary at the Department for International Trade. He retired from the civil service in March 2017.

He has now sought permission from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) to take up the part-time role with Teneo Holdings which will see him working in the UK and overseas.

Teneo was founded in June 2011 by Declan Kelly, Doug Band and Paul Keary. The firm is based in New York and its UK lobbying clout is concentrated in Teneo Blue Rubicon, known as TBR in the industry. Teneo acquired 225-strong Blue Rubicon in 2015.

In 2016, Teneo hired former Number 10 communications director Craig Oliver as a senior managing director, with a role providing “strategic advice” to international companies on a range of issues including Brexit.

A senior source at Teneo Blue Rubicon said Sir Martin would be working in the UK and internationally. "He will do no direct lobbying of the UK Government in any way as part of this role in line with the Acoba restrictions. But he will be working with Teneo Blue Rubicon as well as Teneo globally," said the source.

According to Acoba, Sir Martin has "advised that he does not expect to the have contact with the UK government" in the new role. He has been given the green light to take up the role in accordance with the standard rules on government business appointments.



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