UK prime minister Theresa May at Number 10 Downing Street. Image Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

May moves for Lexington director

14 July 2016

New prime minister Theresa May has raided Lexington Communications to bring back her former special adviser Fiona Hill for a top job Downing Street.

Hill (previously Cunningham) spent four...

Scott Colvin

Colvin made Finsbury PA chief

12 July 2016

Finsbury’s head of public affairs Will Tanner has left the firm after 15 years to be replaced by former BAA Airports lobbyist Scott Colvin.

Tanner had been with the firm since 2001, having...

Neil Stockley

Stockley signs for Lodestone

7 July 2016

Strategic communications and public affairs consultancy Lodestone has signed up the experienced Liberal Democrat lobbyist and energy specialist Neil Stockley.

A former director of policy...


All politics is local - and public affairs should take note

17 May 2016

As the dust settles on the recent local elections and the recriminations and navel gazing begins for political parties, it is worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on the hugely significant...

Sun Shining through Cloud in London

Public affairs is alive and kicking in the UK

5 February 2016


The public affairs industry is alive, well and thriving in the UK. Despite what a few old dinosaurs might think.

It is, as it has always been, one of the most exciting areas...

European parliament in Brussels

Is the EU referendum debate any business of business?

6 January 2016

The debate on Britain’s membership of the EU looks set to dominate the politics of 2016. Can the business community sit out the EU referendum until it all blows over?

Many would like to. A...

Phil Hickley

Lunch with... Phil Hickley

22 July 2016

The tone of this interview was very different to most of the PAN interviews I’ve enjoyed over the past year.

Now please don’t take offence, previous lunch guests. I'm not necessarily...

William Walter

Lunch with... William Walter

10 June 2016

William and I kick off with a general discussion of the political scene and the challenges facing Labour.

"The fascinating thing is the challenge the Labour Party faces in getting any kind...

Liam Herbert

Lunch with… Liam Herbert

7 April 2016

My first PAN interview lunch with Liam Herbert met the fate of Richard Nixon’s Presidency – some excellent results, fatally undermined by regrettable recording gaps. So we reconvened to give it a...