Taso Advisory poaches Ollie Buckley from Teneo

Ben Greenstone, the founder of Taso Advisory, has appointed former colleague Ollie Buckley as a director, the public affairs agency announced today.

Ollie Buckey (pictured) has left Teneo, where he has been a managing director since July 2021, to join Ben Greenstone at Taso Advisory.

The two worked together at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), where Buckley was deputy director for digital and tech policy between September 2017 and September 2018. During that time Greenstone was private secretary to Matt Hancock, the then-minister for digital and the creative industries, and Hancock’s successor Margot James.

Buckley went on to become executive director at government expert body the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, while Greenstone left DCMS in 2019 to set up Taso Advisory.

In his new role, Buckley will lead the agency’s data protection and AI offer, with a lead role in delivering for clients for whom those issues are priorities.

Greenstone said: “I am thrilled to welcome Ollie to the team. I had the pleasure of working with Ollie in government, and I couldn't be happier that our clients will benefit from his deep expertise and wide experience. This new appointment affirms Taso Advisory’s position as the specialist consultancy in technology policy and public affairs.”

Buckley said: “Data protection, artificial intelligence and tech more broadly will continue to be key issues for policymakers, politicians and regulators in the UK, the EU and beyond. I’m looking forward to advising our clients as we continue to grow.”

Buckley joins a core team that includes Joel Gladwin, former technology policy adviser to Naddie Dorries during her time as culture secretary; Mia Bartoloni-Mathieu, a former public affairs specialist for publisher Dods Group; and Lulu Freemonth, ex-head of digital regulation at lobby group TechUK. Greenstone’s former boss, Margot James, is the agency’s non-executive chair.

The appointment of Buckley comes at a time of major growth for the agency, which reported a jump in revenue from just over £300,000 in 2020-21 to just under £1m in 2021-22. Taso Advisory, which boasts clients such as Adobe, Glassdoor, Nextdoor, and Niantic, is currently setting up an office in Brussels.

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