Portland loses another partner as Helm heads to Met Police
Tim Allan's agency has seen four partners walk out in the past year.
Portland partner James Helm is leaving the agency to take up the key post of communications director at the Metropolitan Police.
Helm joined Portland’s ‘global issues team’ last year from his post of director of communications at the Department for International Development. At the time he said he was “really excited about helping to drive further success and the opportunities to serve clients around the world”.
Helm is the fifth Portland partner to walk on Tim Allan’s firm in the last 12 months. In late 2016, Kevin McKeever quit and subsequently set up his own shop, Lowick Communications. Earlier this year, Toby Orr left to join the Department for International Trade and Ben Thornton moved to rival public affairs firm Stonehaven. In a major blow for Portland, public affairs chief Oliver Pauley also quit this year to set up his own agency.
At the Metropolitan Police, Helm takes over from former BBC and Channel 4 News journalist Martin Fewell who is leaving to be is to be communications and corporate affairs director at the British Horseracing Authority.