Lansons looks to Michael Stott to head up public affairs practice

Written by Rod Muir on 30 March 2018 in News

Ex-Tory aide switches sides after four years at Hill+Knowlton.

Lansons has appointed Hill+Knowlton director Michael Stott as head of public affairs.

The former Tory aide switches agencies after four years at Hill+Knowlton. Before joining the agency in late 2013, he was a senior public affairs manager at EDF Energy.

He also worked in the Conservative party press office and as a researcher to Tory MP Charles Hendry when he was shadow energy minister.

The hire comes a year after PAN revealed that Lansons’ last head of public affairs, James Dowling, was leaving to be a special adviser to David Gauke, then chief secretary to the Treasury. Dowling is now Gauke’s special adviser in the Ministry of Justice.

In a statement on the new job, Stott said: “I have watched as Lansons has gone from strength to strength and I am thrilled to be joining at this exciting period of growth for the company.

“The public affairs team is doing impressive work as part of the wider agency’s insights-driven integrated campaigns and I see enormous potential for further success. More than ever, clients expect greater in-depth understanding of the issues their sectors face and I can’t wait to bring my experiences to bear in the months and years ahead.”

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