Quiller turns to ex-Major aide
Howell James will take over from Sean Worth at Tory-led lobbying consultancy
Quiller Consultants has appointed John Major’s former political secretary to take over as chief executive later this year.
Howell James joins the Huntsworth-owned lobbying consultancy from his role as global head of corporate communications at Christies. He will take over from Sean Worth who is standing down from the role to set up his own policy-focused firm.
Huntsworth chief executive and Conservative peer Lord Chadlington indicated that there would be more hires to come at the consultancy which is known for its strong Tory links.
In a statement, he said: "I am delighted to welcome Howell as the chief executive of Quiller which specialises in helping clients with complex and demanding communications problems. Howell's wide experience will not only bring his considerable experience to the company but he will recruit like minded executives to expand the Quiller client list."
James will take up his post in early autumn. He was political secretary to prime minister John Major from 1994 to 1997 and went on to become a founding partner of corporate PR firm Brown Lloyd James from 1997-2004.
He served as permanent secretary for government communications in the Cabinet Office from 2004 to 2008. James then joined Barclays as vice chairman, corporate affairs, before moving to Christies in December 2012.
PAN previously reported that Quiller was looking to boost its Tory credentials as Worth prepares to set up an organisation to be called the Westminster Policy Institute. A former special adviser to David Cameron in Downing Street, he replaced former Tory campaign director George Bridges in the Quiller leadership role in late 2013.
Quiller founder Lord Hill was this week nominated by David Cameron to be the UK's next European Commissioner.