Gilbert (pictured) had been working as special adviser to Jo Johnson MP, the minister of state for universities and science, helping shape government policy development and communications in the higher education, science and innovation and space sectors.
Before that, he was a senior account director at Hanover, serving as a consultant at the corporate and public affairs consultancy for five years. Between 2007 and 2010, Gilbert had worked in Parliament for the Conservatives on research and innovation policy.
"Dan was one of the brightest hires we made at Hanover," said Charles Lewington, Hanover MD. "He will be providing advice of the highest quality to a broad range of clients in the higher education, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. His policy knowledge and understanding of government will be especially valuable as we go through this unprecedented period of uncertainty following the Brexit vote."
Last month, Hanover announced Eddie May, the co-founder of Threepipe, would be joining to lead a new creative comms offering in an effort to shape the firm into a full-service agency.
Hanover’s clients include Sky, Microsoft, Airbus, Goldman Sachs and the NFL.