Ex-David Cameron aide gets Google public affairs chief job

Written by Rod Muir on 5 February 2018 in News

Tim Chatwin steps up after approaching seven years at the tech giant.

Former Number 10 strategic communications director Tim Chatwin has been appointed head of communications and public affairs for the EMEA region at Google.

Chatwin takes over from Peter Barron who will depart next month and is reportedly taking time out to convert a barn in Spain.

He steps up from his post as Google’s director of communications for the Asia Pacific region. Previousxly, Chatwin was communications director at Google's global HQ in Mountain View, California.

When Chatwin quit Number 10 to join the tech giant in 2011, one Downing Street insider told PAN editor David Singleton of their shock: "He's an uber-loyalist - I always thought he would be last man standing."

Meanwhile a Whitehall source who worked with him said: "Tim is an unsung hero. While everybody else is very tactical, he is the one with the strategic comms brain."

Chatwin was head of strategy planning for the Conservative party before moving to Downing Street when David Cameron became prime minister in 2010.

Barron’s departure was revealed last week by BBC media editor Amol Rajan.

The former Newsnight editor Google colleagues in an email: "I want to say thank-you to every one of you for the truly wonderful and unexpected experience I've had at Google…

“Having spent the last week with Sundar [Pichai, Google's CEO] and the other leaders in Davos I also feel great optimism both about Google's future and about the positive role of technology more generally - despite all the obvious challenges. I know that as a team you are very well set for the campaign ahead.”
 

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