FleishmanHillard Fishburn boosts Tory firepower with ex-special adviser hire

Written by Rod Muir on 1 October 2018 in News

Tomos Davies is the latest Conservative to walk out on Newgate.

FleishmanHillard Fishburn has boosted its Conservative credentials by hiring former Tory special adviser Tomos Davies as an associate director.

Davies was previously an aide to Stephen Crabb when he was Welsh secretary. In the 2017 general election he stood as Tory candidate for Ynys Môn in the 2017 generation, getting 28 per cent of the vote.

The ex-Tory adviser moves to FHF from Newgate Communications. His departure is a blow for Newgate after the agency moved to rebuild its lobbying team last year by bringing in three former Conservative special advisers: Davies, Alastair Masser and Sian Jones. However, Masser left after a few months to become director of communications at right wing think tank The Legatum Institute and now Davies has also walked out.

FHF has also been looking to rebuild its public affairs operation under the leadership of Tim Snowball and Nick DeLuca as a senior partner. The agency has recently made a number of more junior hires, including Nancy Martin from Pagefield, Alex Burchill from the Built Environment Communication Group, Richard Black from the Henry Jackson Society. FHF has also recently picked up public affairs briefs with firms including FedEx, L'Oreal UK,  Nominet UK and  The Boeing Company.

Snowball, head of public affairs at FHF, said: “I am delighted to be able to add Tomos’ great breadth of experience to our offering. Tomos is not only an experienced consultant who has proven his value to clients in multiple sectors, but someone with phenomenal political judgement and connections.”

Davies said in a statement: “It’s a great feeling to be joining an ambitious, growing team in an agency on the up. FHF offer our clients a refreshingly modern and integrated approach to public affairs, that increasingly sets us apart. The results for our clients and in new business wins are already clearly remarkable and I look forward to helping take this further”.



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