Michael Portillo's former chief of staff David Maudsley has joined
utility giant and British Gas successor company the Lattice Group.
He takes up a newly created role of public policy and issues management
adviser, reporting to executive director for corporate communications
The role has been created as Lattice, which includes Transco and Lattice
Properties, steps up its public affairs work.
It is currently involved in a spat with energy regulator Ofgem, which,
in its final proposals for the five years from April 2002, wants to put
in place price controls that could reduce annual household bills by
Today is the deadline for Lattice to either agree or appeal to the
Competition Commission over the proposals.
Meanwhile the Health and Safety Executive, reacting to a series of fatal
accidents involving iron gas pipes, wants to see Lattice increase its
replacement rate to 3,500km a year over the next five years.
Maudsley, who works alongside Christine Martman, group head of
government and parliamentary affairs, said: 'I'd say 60 per cent of my
time will be handling issues management and the rest on public policy
work. This will be on a UK and European level.'
Lattice will not immediately replace head of public affairs Mish Tullar,
who left this month. The utility group is looking at the role as part of
a wider management review.
Tullar has joined support service company Amey Group as group
communications director, succeeding Tom Macquillan.
Maudsley was appointed as then shadow chancellor Portillo's chief of
staff in February 2000, after spending two years as head of economic
research at Conservative Central Office.
During the General Election in June he was part of CCO's Treasury
He remained as Portillo's chief of staff during his leadership bid and
up until Iain Duncan Smith was elected as party leader last month.
Last year Portillo's aides were condemned by Anne Widdecombe for
'backbiting', a reference to alleged negative briefings.
Other political PROs have emerged in different jobs in the aftermath of
the General Election.
Will Cavendish has left the Labour Party's Millbank headquarters for a
role as special adviser to education secretary Estelle Morris.
Also joining the Government from Millbank is Nicola Murphy, who has
joined HM Treasury as special adviser to chief secretary to the Treasury
Andrew Smith. She replaces Paul Andrew.