Portland takes events arm to ‘next level’ with Number 10 hire
Jonathan Stock has finally been given the official go-ahead to join Tim Allan's agency.
Portland has made its third hire from Theresa May’s Number 10, with the appointment of Jonathan Stock to the role of head of events and marketing.
Stock started as Number 10 events special advisor when May became prime minister in July 2016. His capture means that Portland now has a team of nine events and marketing specialists who stage events on behalf of clients as part of public affairs and corporate communications campaigns.
The Number 10 aide’s move to Portland was first reported in the summer by the Guido Fawkes website, but it is understood that Stock still required clearance from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments at this point. Portland has now confirmed the appointment and explained the thinking behind it.
“Clients are increasingly looking for one agency partner to provide 360 degree support from strategy through to delivery,” said Portland UK managing director Mark Flanagan. “We’ve built an events operation that is well equipped to run large or small stakeholder events for clients in any sector. We are delighted to have attracted someone of Jonathan’s calibre to take this important part of our business to the next level.”
Previously, Stock worked as operations and events manager at the Conservative Party and as an events organiser at Dods Communications, owner of Public Affairs News. He began his career as a public affairs consultant at MHP Communications.
Last year, PAN revealed that Portland had significantly bolstered its senior team with the appointment of three former Downing Street advisors – two of whom worked for May.
Tim Allan’s agency snapped up Will Tanner and Nick Hargrave, both of whom resigned from Number 10 following the general election. Tanner has since left to head up new Tory think tank Onward.