Top Osborne aide takes Deliveroo job

Written by David Singleton on 17 January 2017 in News

Thea Rogers lands senior public affairs post at takeaway delivery firm.

George Osborne’s former chief of staff is taking a top policy and communications post at Deliveroo as the firm steps up its lobbying efforts.

Thea Rogers was a key aide to the former chancellor during his time in Number 11 and is said to have been responsible for Osborne’s 2014 makeover.

A former BBC producer, Rogers is credited with advising her then boss on his Caesar-style haircut and for placing him on the 5:2 diet.

In 2015, she received the biggest pay rise among all the political special advisers across government. The 42% rise put Rogers on a salary of £98,000.

Rogers has now been given the green light by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments to take up “a full-time, paid role working on communication and policy for Deliveroo”.

Taking the title of VP, head of global comms and policy, she will advise the firm on how to lobby the government, although Rogers is banned from becoming personally involved in lobbying the UK government on behalf of Deliveroo for two years after leaving office.

Deilveroo is stepping up its UK lobbying as MPs prepare to investigate pay and working conditions in the informal gig economy. The takeaway delivery firm hit the headlines in the summer after telling its couriers they could not go to court to try to be recognised as staff members. It also became embroiled in a row over pay with its couriers.

PAN recently reported that the takeaway delivery company has turned to Teneo Blue Rubicon for lobbying help. The successful public affairs firm recently hired David Cameron’s former communications chief Craig Oliver as a senior managing director.

Deliveroo is one of a number of companies in the spotlight for their use of self-employed workers, who have fewer rights than staff members. Its public affairs activity is being ramped up as the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy committee prepares to investigate the rights of workers who are not permanently employed.

 

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