Kitty Ussher, a former member of the UK Parliament and Treasury minister in the last Labour Party government, will join Portland next week.
As chief economic adviser, she will provide economic and policy analysis to the agency and its clients.
Ussher is currently a research fellow at the Smith Institute, a think-tank founded in memory of former Labour leader John Smith.
She will continue to engage in think tank work and will not undertake any advocacy tasks for Portland. Ussher's agency role will not be full-time, but is understood to be a “sizeable commitment.”
She was a member of Parliament from 2005 to 2010 and her government experience included three years as special adviser to the then-Department of Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2004.
After the 2010 general election, she wrote four pamphlets on economic and industrial policy as director of the think tank Demos before moving to the Smith Institute in January 2012.
This article originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister title of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.