Headland poaches member of Chancellor’s comms team

Headland has appointed Charlie McKnight, a comms advisor to Rishi Sunak and two previous Chancellors of the Exchequer.

Charlie McKnight has worked for three Chancellors
Charlie McKnight has worked for three Chancellors

McKnight, who joins Headland at the end of this month, is currently a press officer in the Chancellor’s comms team and contributed to the messaging for the Treasury’s response to the pandemic, including the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme.

He has also advised the Chancellor’s two immediate predecessors, Sajid Javid and Philip Hammond.

At Headland, McKnight will work with the agency’s corporate and public affairs clients, which include Scottish Power and TSB.

McKnight started his career in the corporate comms and commercial banking team at Lloyds Banking Group, advising on political engagement and regulatory affairs in its corporate comms and commercial banking team.

He rose to become assistant manager of its public affairs work within two years.

Later, McKnight was press secretary to the economic secretary, John Glenn MP, before taking a secondment in the Prime Minister's press office in No. 10.

Commenting on the appointment, Headland chief executive Chris Salt said: “Charlie has star quality. He’s a sharp media-handler with impressive experience, unique knowledge from inside No. 11 and an extensive network of relevant political and business media contacts to boot. We very much look forward to his arrival.”

Last month, Headland won the Best Agency for Public Affairs category in the inaugrual PRWeek UK Corporate, City and Public Affairs Awards.

The agency also appointed its first head of research, among other senior hires and promotions.

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