Clegg’s former chief of staff Lord Jonathan Oates joins Tendo payroll
Lord Jonathan Oates has been hired by Tendo, the lobbying firm founded by two former special advisers of Danny Alexander.
The former chief of staff of ex-deputy prime minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will provide Tendo with “ad hoc consultancy support on media communications and policy issues”.
Tendo was founded two years ago by Peter Carroll and Will de Peyer, who worked for Alexander throughout the coalition years and was previously employed by Citigroup.
At Tendo Oates will also “introduce potential clients with a specific focus on international opportunities”, according to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointment (Acoba), which polices the revolving door between business and government.
At the formation of the coalition government in May 2010, Oates became deputy communications adviser to David Cameron, and in August of the same year he was appointed as Clegg’s chief of staff.
Oates was subsequently made a life peer in October 2015.
He told Acoba that his role at Tendo would “not involve any contact or dealings with Government” and as a result the Cabinet Office had “no reservations” about the appointment.
Oates’ appointment is on condition he does not “draw on privileged information available to him from his time in Crown service”.
The role will involve Oates working for Tendo four days a month.
Oates is required to inform Acoba if he proposes to extend or change the nature of his role, which may require a fresh application.
The committee says Oates’ was also given the seal of approval because Carroll and de Peyer set up Tendo on the proviso they sought the approval of Acoba when taking on new clients for two years after leaving government.
Tendo’s launch client was the Road Haulage Association.