Maitland Political hires former Labour heavyweight Razi Rahman as chairman
Rahman lines up alongside Maitland public affairs chief James Drewer.
Maitland Political has hired the experienced lobbyist Razi Rahman as it looks to significantly grow the public affairs business.
Rahman takes the new full-time post of chairman after spending three years as a partner at now-defunct Bell Pottinger.
At Maitland, he will work with recently-installed managing partner James Drewer to grow the firm and provide political insight and advice to clients.
Rahman said “Businesses and other organisations increasingly face political scrutiny, the challenge of navigating the Brexit process and a regulatory and policy environment that directly impacts on their operations. I’m looking forward to working with the Maitland team to provide clients with first-class government relations advice and political communications support on such key issues.”
Drewer said: "Razi is a great fit for Maitland Political and we are delighted he has joined us. He has worked at the heart of a Labour Government and brings significant experience to our clients and growing team. I'm looking forward to working together to grow our public affairs business over the coming years."
Rahman was assistant political secretary to Tony Blair between 2000 and 2007. He went on to work for APCO and to then set up Centreground Political Communications with fellow ex-Blair aide Darren Murphy.
His arrival at Maitland comes after the agency’s top lobbyist, Pete Bowyer, recently joined strategic communications consultancy DRD Partnership as partner.