Weber wheels in former adviser to David (and Sam) Cameron
Kate Shouesmith becomes number two in the consultancy's UK public affairs team.
Weber Shandwick has hired former Number 10 special adviser Kate Shouesmith as deputy head of public affairs.
Shouesmith makes her first move into public affairs after holding a number of senior jobs in Downing Street from 2011 to 2016.
Most recently, Shouesmith was deputy director for external relations in Number 10 and then head of external relations for the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.
She also had a stint as private secretary to the prime minister’s chief of staff Ed Llewellyn. She went on to be a special adviser to the prime minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron.
In the new job, Shouesmith replaces Chris Hogwood who is understood to be joining a rival agency. She will work under Weber Shandwick’s UK head of public affairs Joey Jones. The former Sky News deputy political editor joined the agency in late 2016, replacing David Skelton.
Shouesmith stated out in Tory politics as events manager for the Conservative party. Most recently, she worked as a senior new business manager at advertising agency McCann London.
In 2016, Shouesmith was one of the many Conservative advisers awarded an honour by her old boss. David Cameron was awarded her an MBE for public and political service in his controversial resignation honours list.