Newgate hires former Hammond aide
Sian Jones becomes the the third former Tory special adviser to join Newgate in the last six months.
Newgate Communications has appointed a third former Conservative special adviser as it continues to rebuild its public affairs operation.
The public affairs agency owned by Porta Communications has hired Sian Jones as an associate partner.
She is making her first foray into public affairs, having served as a special adviser to Philip Hammond from 2010 to 2012, during Hammond’s spells as transport secretary and then defence secretary.
Before becoming Hammond’s special adviser, Jones was a policy adviser at Conservative Campaign Headquarters. More recently she has been writing a novel and doing pro-bono publicity work.
In the new job, South Wales-born Jones is primarily based in Newgate’s Cardiff office
It comes six months after Newgate set about rebuilding its depleted public affairs operation by hiring Simon Gentry from rival agency MWW. It also recently hired former Tory special advisers Tomos Davies and Alastair Masser.
Davies previously served as a special adviser in the Wales Office and Masser was a special adviser in the Tory whips office from 2015 to 2016.
Newgate’s public affairs firepower had been weakened in early 2015 by the departure of its top two lobbyists Simon Nayyar and Eben Black.
In the latest APPC register Newgate lists eight fee-paying public affairs clients. Two years ago the firm listed 13 clients. Among those to have dropped off the list since 2014 are Waitrose and Yorkshire Building Society.