IoD head of campaigns Silvester departs for The Sun
Andy Silvester has been head of campaigns at the IoD for two years
The Institute of Directors’ head of campaigns and deputy director of policy Andy Silvester has been hired by The Sun.
Silvester shared the deputy director of policy role with Institute of Directors (IoD) head of comms Edwin Morgan.
At The Sun he will take over the head of PR position left vacant by Dylan Sharpe, who left the paper last month to become Damian Green’s special adviser.
Silvester tweeted that he will also be “penning the odd leader” at The Sun.
Morgan said that there will not be a “like-for-like” replacement for Silvester due to the IoD having two deputy directors of policy.
However, the business organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs is seeking a director of policy and is expected to make the appointment by early autumn as part of a rejig to the team.
It is not the first time a member of the IoD comms team has made the transition to a national newspaper. In a surprise move, City AM hired former IoD communications chief Christian May to edit the freesheet.
Silvester’s predecessor Sharpe made a name for himself during his time at The Sun through his combative Twitter presence, and became the centre of the story during a furore over The Sun dropping Page 3.
Silvester will start his new role next month. He said: "Having worked across the business and political worlds for a few years, I’ve always admired The Sun from afar and I can't wait to hit the ground running.”
Silvester joined the Institute of Directors in September 2015 as head of campaigns and his responsibilities covered public affairs, regulation, and the IoD’s campaigns across the media and within the government.
It marked a return to the IoD after a stint as campaign director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
Prior to working at the TPA he spent two years as a senior parliamentary affairs officer at the IoD.