Agency move for Blair’s media man
David Hill takes non-executive director post at Champollion as chief operating officer also recruited
Tony Blair's former official spokesman David Hill has joined PR and public affairs firm Champollion as a non-executive director.
Hill has signed up for the agency seven years after leaving Downing Street, where was director of communications and the prime minister’s official spokesman after Alastair Campbell stepped down.
The experienced political operator also spent seven years as chief spokesman for the Labour party and has worked in lobbying, with senior posts at the Chime-owned agency Good Relations before he entered Number 10.
Hill was most recently a director at Bell Pottinger. It is understood that he no longer has a permanent role at the firm but may still work for it on an occasional freelance basis.
Champollion was set up in 2005 by Simon Buckby, the former BBC political journalist and campaign director of Britain in Europe.
Alongside Hill, it has hired a second non-executive director, Craig Morley, founder of the The Challenge charity which delivers much of the government's National Citizenship Service.
More significantly, Champollion has appointed a chief operating officer who will now manage the business, allowing Buckby to focus on new business and client work. Stephen Cutts, a senior official at the United Nations in New York, will step into the newly-created post.
Bucky said the trio of new signings marked step change for Champollion.
"They add to our clout and make us ready to deliver aggressive growth over the next few years," he said.