Paddy Harverson, comms secretary at Clarence House, and D-J Collins, vice president of public policy and comms for Google EMEA, are looking to advise corporate clients and high net-worth individuals.
Harverson and Collins will launch the yet-to-be-named consultancy next spring, after serving out their respective notice periods, which are believed to be six months.
Harverson, who has just turned 50, is understood to be keen on a discreet, low-key consultancy that will advise public figures in the post-Leveson era. After nearly nine years protecting the reputation of Princes Charles, William and Harry – and previously, four years helping Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – he is well-placed for such a role.
Collins, 41, will bring equally impressive experience from the corporate and political worlds. He has been with Google since 2006. Before that he worked in Weber Shandwick’s corporate and public affairs practice. A close friend of David Miliband, Collins is well-connected in New Labour circles.
No other consultants are expected to join the agency before launch.