News last week that outgoing National Union of Students president
Douglas Trainer was to join issues management agency Luther Pendragon
raised a few eyebrows at The Communication Group (TCG).
A few weeks ago TCG was on the verge of announcing that Trainer was to
join them. Trainer confirms that he was considering the agency, among
others. ’I think Peter Bingle (government and political affairs MD) is a
very smart guy and I’ve got a couple of pals there,’ he says.
John Arnold, a senior consultant at TCG, knows Trainer from his own days
as a student activist. From 1991 to 1992, Arnold was chair of Scottish
Labour Students. During that time he met Trainer, who was chair of
Strathclyde University’s Labour club.
So what lured Trainer to Luther Pendragon? Was it more money, a company
car, an annual holiday in the Maldives, or a private office complete
with Subbuteo table?
None of the above. In fact Trainer worked with Luther Pendragon on the
Rock The Vote campaign during his term at the NUS, and wanted to
continue working with the agency.