Andrew Dunnett, freelance public affairs consultant and media adviser to
the Bishop of London, has joined Political Context as a director.
Dunnett, 30, is one of four shareholding directors of the firm -
launched last month by former BBC head of worldwide corporate affairs,
Leighton Andrews (PR Week 26 July).
Husband and wife team Catherine Ashton and Peter Kellner - of the BBC’s
Newsnight and the Observer - joined this summer. Andrews hopes to
announce another two signings within the next few weeks.
Dunnett brings with him several former clients of his own consultancy,
Anson Dunnett Communications. They are the Commission for Racial
Equality, Edexcell (formerly BTEC) and Crime Concern.
However, the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, for whom Dunnett has
been working since his appointment in January, is likely to remain a
A theology graduate, Dunnett worked in Parliament as researcher to Tory
MP Michael Alison and to deputy speaker of the House of Lords, Professor
the Lord McColl of Dulwich. He is standing himself at the next election
as Conservative Party candidate for Birmingham Perry Bar.
Commenting on his reasons for joining Political Context, Dunnett
explained that he was attracted by ‘the reputation of the other