Hanover's James Wild appointed as Michael Fallon's special adviser

The Minister of State for Business and Enterprise has appointed a Hanover consultant to work as his special adviser.

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Business Minister Michael Fallon has appointed James Wild to work as his policy special adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Understood to be an expert on business policy, Wild has advised media and telecoms clients such as 3 Mobile on political and regulatory issues, advocacy programmes and reputation management.

Wild has been working at Hanover as an account director since 2009. He has formerly worked at T-Mobile as a public affairs manager and as a senior account executive at Politics Direct.

He formerly worked as a policy officer for business issues at Tory Central Office. One source told PRWeek that Wild is ‘seen as a real Conservative Party man, and he’s trusted’.

The appointment is seen as an unusual one as non-secretaries of state do not normally take on special advisers.

Fallon was appointed to his new role in September’s reshuffle, having formerly worked as a senior member of the Treasury Select Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.

The news comes after PRWeek revealed earlier this month that Wild’s Hanover colleague Nick King had been appointed as special adviser to recently appointed culture secretary Maria Miller.

King joined after working at Charles Lewington’s agency as a senior account director for just four months.

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