Adams leaves civil service for APCO challenge

Mark Adams, former private secretary to the Prime Minister, has joined APCO as an associate director.

Mark Adams, former private secretary to the Prime Minister, has

joined APCO as an associate director.



Adams spent five-and-a-half years in Downing Street, first as private

secretary for home affairs to former Prime Minister John Major, and then

as private secretary for parliamentary affairs to both Major and Tony

Blair. He was one of four private secretaries advising the Prime

Minister on home, overseas, economic and parliamentary affairs.



His responsibilities included preparing the Prime Minister for question

time, drafting parliamentary speeches and advising on legislative

matters.



Adams said he made his decision to leave the civil service before last

May’s general election. ’I thought it was time for a new challenge,

putting my experience to use elsewhere.’



Prior to his Downing Street posting Adams was at the Department of

Employment and advised on enterprise and business matters. At APCO he

plans to use his knowledge of Whitehall and Westminster to focus on new

business.



APCO’s managing director, Simon Milton, said Adams would further

strengthen the agency’s senior consulting team.



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