Top Maitland lobbyist James Drewer exits as Razi Rahman oversees shake-up
Drewer (left) is understood to have left the agency without a new role lined up.
Maitland has waved goodbye to one of its top lobbyists after reshaping its dedicated UK public affairs business.
The financial PR powerhouse has merged its public affairs arm, Maitland Political, into its overall financial and corporate offering. Amid the shake-up, managing partner James Drewer has left the firm and is not known to have a new role lined up.
A former Conservative party press adviser, Drewer joined Maitland in 2010 and was promoted to head up the lobbying arm in 2017, replacing Pete Bowyer. Last year the agency brought in Razi Rahman, an experienced Labour lobbyist, as chairman.
“I'm looking forward to working together to grow our public affairs business over the coming years," said Drewer last year.
Maitland Political was set up in 2011 following the merger of Havas agencies Maitland and Euro RSCG Apex. But Rahman has now told PAN that it made no sense to have the public affairs team as a separate operation in the firm’s HQ at London’s Kings Cross.
Rahman, who was assistant political secretary to Tony Blair between 2000 and 2007, said his shake-up was designed to help Maitland offer “seamless advice to clients” across a range of areas. “Clients often want strategic across corporate, financial and public affairs. This means I can now draw on a wider range of skill sets,” he said.
The former Bell Pottinger director also suggested that Maitland would hire more lobbyists in 2019 and insisted that the latest development should not be seen as a move to scale back public affairs. “Definitely not,” he said. “I’m keen to look at how we develop our offer.”