Diary: Switching from tabling motions, to jumping at motions from tables

Career switches don’t get much more unusual than this one. Perry Miller, most recently a consultant at lobbying firm AS Biss & Co and a former director at Ian Greer Associates, has decided to bid farewell to the frantic world of lobbying to serve drinks behind the bar in a West End restaurant.

Career switches don’t get much more unusual than this one. Perry

Miller, most recently a consultant at lobbying firm AS Biss & Co and a

former director at Ian Greer Associates, has decided to bid farewell to

the frantic world of lobbying to serve drinks behind the bar in a West

End restaurant.



Miller’s long-term ambition has been to run his own restaurant, and last

week he finally took the plunge and left his job at Adele Biss’s political

consultancy.



Next month Miller begins a rigorous eight-month training in hospitality at

Smollensky’s Balloon restaurant and bar, learning how to wait on a table

and how to mix a cocktail.



He was not contactable this week, having jetted off to a palm-fringed

beach in preparation for the strenuous months ahead. He departed for Miami

and the Florida Keys after a champagne send-off last Wednesday at West End

restaurant Kettners.



However Miller, whose career included stints as a special adviser in the

Department of Transport and the Ministry of Defence, has not succeeded in

cutting all ties with the world of lobbying.



His restaurant training was organised by Adele Biss, and in return he will

continue to provide freelance advice to the agency’s clients during his

apprenticeship. He has also been invited to the firm’s first birthday

party at the Royal Festival Hall next month.



And his former colleagues have one last surprise in store:



’We have threatened to have our Christmas dinner in Smollensky’s,’ said

AS Biss account handler Alex Cole. ’The tips will have to be good.’



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