Ex-Number 10 man Alex Morton steps back from Field
Morton is quitting his director job - but staying on the books as a consultant.
Field Consulting director Alex Morton is scaling back his involvement with the public affairs firm after landing a new role with the Centre for Policy Studies.
The former Number 10 aide has been named as head of policy at the think tank founded by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph.
Following the announcement of his move, some public affairs industry figures assumed that Morton had walked out Field – leaving the agency rocked by the departure of its top Tory consultant.
But Field boss Chris Rumfitt insisted that Morton had not entirely cut his ties with Field, despite stepping back from the full-time job. "He very much remains available to clients as a consultant," said Rumfitt.
Morton joined Field as a director in 2016, having been a special adviser on housing and planning policy in Downing Street under David Cameron’s premiership. The hire was a major coup for fast-growing Field, which was established by former Edelman public affairs chief Rumfitt in 2014.
Meanwhile the Centre for Policy Studies has also commissioned public affairs firm Public First, led by James Frayne and Rachel Wolf, to work on welfare research and has brought in Conservative party press officer Emma Barr as head of communications.