Hanover hits up former aide to shadow defence secretary
Kelly-Anne Thomas was an adviser to Labour’s Vernon Coaker.
Hanover has appointed former Labour adviser Kelly-Anne Thomas as an account director.
Thomas joins Hanover from industry trade association ADS, where she served as defence policy adviser.
She was previously the Labour Party’s policy officer on international affairs in the run-up to the 2015 general election and worked for former shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker. She has worked in the parliamentary office of current Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith.
Thomas is the first significant hire at Hanover since the agency brought in former Sunday Times political editor and BT corporate communications chief Michael Prescott in February.
Hanover chief executive Charles Lewington said: “We are delighted to welcome Kelly to our growing public affairs team. At a turbulent time politically, we are ensuring our clients continue to benefit from the cross-party experience and deep sector knowledge of our consultants – and Kelly has this in spades.”
Similarly, Thomas stated: “I’m delighted to be joining the Hanover team at such an important time for the aerospace and defence sectors. I look forward to working with Hanover’s diverse range of clients to help them navigate the challenges and opportunities currently facing industry.”