Cratus co-founder resurfaces at Tory MP's old lobbying agency
Kevin Davis (right) links up with Ahzaz Chowdhury at Nudge Factory.
The co-founder of planning public affairs shop Cratus Communications has resurfaced at the lobbying firm set up by Conservative MP Paul Scully and Tory PR man Ahzaz Chowdhury.
Kevin Davis joins Nudge Factory as managing partner running the agency’s local government practice. Until recently, he was Conservative leader of Kingston Council where he faced calls to resign after he called a 17-year-old sixth former an “appalling little child”. He is now leader of the opposition.
Davis set up Cratus with former Kingston councillor Nick Kilby in 2009. In recent years, the agency has been dragged into rows about its contract with sitting Conservative MP Bob Neill, with the former Liberal Democrat leader of Kingston Council saying there were "serious questions about openness and transparency" at the agency.
Davis left Cratus in 2015, according to his LinkedIn page. In a statement on his new job, he said: “Nudge Factory’s local government practice has a strong foundation, but there are vast opportunities for rapid expansion throughout London and beyond. We have a unique and compelling proposition, a great reputation and talented team.”
Nudge Factory was established by Scully and Chowdhury in 2011 and was in the news in 2017 when the Mail on Sunday ran an article about serving MPs and members of the House of Lords working for public affairs firms. The article stated that Scully remained a non-executive director of Nudge Factory and referred to a question he had table in Parliament last year. In an angry response on the firm’s website, Chowdhury claimed to be exploring a legal challenge.
Scully entered the Commons as MP for Sutton and Cheam in 2015. A spokesperson for Nudge Factory said that Scully did not now own any shares in the company.
Nudge Factory has also hired former CIPR president Jason MacKenzie as managing partner of its corporate communications practices.
Chowdhury said: “We’re developing Nudge Factory’s practices as part of our growth plan, and securing Jason and Kevin as managing partners will expand the business and provide a breadth of senior counsel to our clients. We anticipate 2019 being a year of significant growth, as we evolve our proposition based on experience, expertise and insights.”