Pagefield pounces for Boris Johnson aide Liam Parker
The foreign secretary has lost another senior adviser to a public affairs firm.
Pagefield has boosted its political firepower with the hire of Boris Johnson’s special adviser Liam Parker as a partner.
Parker makes the move into public affairs after a year with the foreign secretary. He joined Johnson’s team as director of political communications in September 2016 having previously spent two years as press secretary to the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.
The hire is a coup for Pagefield after the agency recently missed out on hiring Sky News head of interviews Giles Winn. He was due to join as an associate partner but then took a job as special adviser to chancellor Phillip Hammond instead.
Parker is the second senior aide to Johnson to join a public affairs firm in the last year, after Edelman appointed the foreign secretary’s top adviser Will Walden to head up its UK lobbying arm.
Parker said in a statement “I’m really excited to be joining Pagefield. They’re an excellent, growing agency with an impressive reputation and client roster. It’s a really exciting time for the business as they continue their impressive growth, and I am looking forward to helping to deliver this.”
Pagefield chief executive Oliver Foster said: “We are delighted to welcome Liam to Pagefield. His experience working for two of the most recognisable and influential figures in the world of politics and finance means he is a strong addition to our senior team and is someone who can deliver unique insight and counsel to our clients.”