Chris leads SEC Newgate’s Public Affairs team, providing strategic counsel to clients in a number of highly regulated sectors, including financial services, infrastructure and transport. He was recognised by his peers at the Public Affairs Awards in 2016 by winning the Consultant of the Year Award, and in 2017 for leading the best public affairs campaign.
Before joining SEC Newgate (formerly Newington), Chris spent six years as a Special Adviser to Conservative Cabinet Ministers William Hague, Andrew Lansley and Patrick McLoughlin in both the Leader of the Commons and Government Chief Whips’ offices between 2009 and 2015. He was responsible for managing and planning the government’s legislative programme, providing expert parliamentary and political advice to Downing Street and Cabinet Ministers.
He was also the Policy Adviser on the Devolution Cabinet Committee chaired by William Hague after the Scottish Referendum, advising on the constitutional settlement of the United Kingdom and on city deals in England.
Chris began his career by working in the House of Commons in 2005 for two Conservative MPs. He is also a former Chairman of a Conservative Constituency Association, and organised and ran several political campaigns for local council, Mayoral, and general elections.