PX post for Gove’s comms man
Think tank signs up former lobbyist and DfE communications chief
Policy Exchange has hired the former lobbyist and Department for Education communications director James Frayne as director of policy and strategy.
Frayne takes the new post two years after he left Whitehall to work for the Republicans in the 2010 presidential election.
The ex-lobbyist was personally signed up by Michael Gove to be his department’s communications chief in February 2011.
Following the civil service appointment, shadow education secretary Andy Burnham accused Gove of ‘desperately trying to regain control of his department by surrounding himself with political friends’.
Frayne is also a well-known figure in the lobbying industry, having previously been a partner at Westbourne Communications and a director at Portland.
Most recently, he was campaign director for the successful North East Says No campaign against the proposed Regional Assembly in 2004.
In the new role, Frayne will be responsible for managing Policy Exchange's research output. In a statement, Policy Exchange said he had “a wealth of experience in policy making, strategy and communications”.