Weber signs Skelton for top PA post
Ex-Policy Exchange deputy director and respected Tory campaigner takes senior consultancy role
Weber Shadwick has hired the former Policy Exchange deputy director and prominent Conservative campaigner David Skelton to head its UK public affairs practice.
Skelton stood as a Tory parliamentary candidate in 2010 and recently set up the think tank 'Renewal', with the aim of broadening the appeal of the Conservative Party.
A respected figure on the centre-left on the Tory party, he was deputy director and head of research at Policy Exchange between 2011 and 2013.
He also previously spent seven years at PA Consulting, providing strategic advice at board level to businesses, leading universities, police forces and the NHS.
Skelton, who is from County Durham and supports Sunderland FC, has also appeared as a political commentator in a number of national publications.
He replaces Alex Deane in the key post at one of the UK's best-known lobbying consultancies. Deane is now at FTI Consulting.
Weber Shandwick UK corporate, financial and public affairs chairman Jon McLeod said: "David's appointment reaffirms our commitment to cross-party public affairs consultancy at a time when the political scene will remain fluid for the foreseeable future.
"He also brings that combination of intellectual rigour and creative thinking that is the hallmark of Weber Shandwick's approach to public affairs consultancy."