Vote Leave veteran Oxley joins Deliveroo under ex-Osborne aide

Robert Oxley, who was one of the top PR people in the Vote Leave campaign, has taken a senior comms role at Deliveroo, PRWeek has learned.

Oxley: At an event in October 2015 (©Robert Oxley via Twitter)
Oxley: At an event in October 2015 (©Robert Oxley via Twitter)

His begins as head of corporate comms, UK & Ireland at the online food delivery company today (10 January), and told PRWeek he was "delighted to join Britain’s best chance at a global tech success story".

Following the stint as Vote Leave's head of media ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum, Oxley joined DFID as a special advisor, later moving into the Ministry of Defence. Earlier in his career, he worked for the TaxPayers' Alliance.

Oxley's boss is Thea Rogers, an ex-adviser to former Chancellor George Osborne, who joined Deliveroo almost exactly a year ago as VP, head of global comms and policy.

Additional political experience was added to Rogers' team with the addition last summer of former Stronger In research director Joe Carberry, in the role of global head of corporate comms.

Oxley’s boss at Vote Leave, Paul Stephenson, has since co-founded the agency Hanbury Strategy - it won a brief with Deliveroo in April 2017, and remains a client of the agency.

Rogers said: "Deliveroo has an amazing story to tell: our technology is creating the well-paid flexible work people want, we are boosting the income of Britain’s restaurants, and we are providing our customers with the best food delivery service anywhere in the world. We are growing fast and always innovating, and Rob is ideally suited to help us communicate our story."

Following Rogers' arrival, Hope&Glory was appointed as its consumer PR agency, after a short period with Havas PR, which had been hired prior to her joining.

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