Cameron housing aide joins Field
Field Consulting swoops for David Cameron's special adviser Alex Morton
The prime minister’s top adviser on housing and planning is to join public affairs firm Field Consulting as a director.
Alex Morton will leave his post as a special adviser on housing and planning policy in Downing Street next month.
He moved to the Number 10 policy unit in early 2014, having previously been head of housing, planning and urban policy at the Policy Exchange think tank.
During his time in Downing Street, Morton helped to implement the government’s Starter Homes policy that aims to deliver 200,000 discounted homes for first-time buyers under 40. He has also advised the prime minister on plans to transform some of the country’s worst housing estates.
Morton is set to be replaced in the Number 10 policy unit by Boris Johnson’s top housing advisor, London's deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakeway.
The hire is a coup for Field, which was established by former Edelman public affairs chief Chris Rumfitt in 2014 and has grown rapidly to a ten-strong team with £1m+ revenues.
The agency’s housing and planning clients include Berkely Homes, Capital & Counties Properties and L&Q Group. Also on the books is Fordstam Ltd, which is the ultimate holding company for Chelsea F.C and through which Roman Abramovich has ploughed millions into the club.
Rumfitt said: "Alex has been pivotal in creating the Government’s planning and housing policies and framing the entire debate in this area. I can think of no-one better to help our clients to understand how they position themselves and work with the Government. His knowledge of the Government and the Conservative Party in this area is second to none. He will be an outstanding addition to our growing team."
Morton stated: "I am delighted to be joining Field Consulting and to be part of their expanding and exciting operation. Field are one of the UK's fastest growing and most dynamic agencies and I am looking forward to joining the team. The need to dramatically increase house-building in the UK is well known, and I am keen to help the sector deliver this. The risk of not engaging and failing to shape the debate and ongoing policy development has never been greater."