Lansons hires four senior advisers including ex-Tony Blair speechwriter

Lansons has appointed four senior advisors to the business, including Tony Blair’s former chief speechwriter, Philip Collins.

(Clockwise from top left) David Wheldon, Sarah Bates, Shereen Daniels, Philip Collins

Philip Collins is also a prominent journalist, having been a columnist for The Times and Evening Standard.

Joining him in advising on reputation and ESG at Lansons is David Wheldon OBE, whose former roles include chief marketing officer at Royal Bank of Scotland; head of brand, reputation and citizenship at Barclays Group; and chief executive of WPP’s Team Vodafone, a post he left to become Vodafone’s in-house global director of brand.

Other new senior advisory hires at Lansons are Shereen Daniels, managing director of advisory firm HR rewired; and Sarah Bates, a veteran investor who is currently chair of the John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust and Universities Superannuation Scheme Investment Management, as well as senior independent director of FTSE 250 company Alliance Trust.

Lansons chief executive Gordon Tempest-Hay said: “Phil is one of the great political commentators and wordsmiths of our time, Sarah oversees the investment of billions in the UK economy, Shereen is a leader in ESG and tackling racial inequality in business, and David is one of the giants of the marketing industry. Together they will enhance our skills and capabilities and provide our clients with deep expertise from which to draw.”

Tony Langham, executive chair of Lansons, said: An ever-increasing amount of our work concerns reputational issues at board level and these appointments demonstrate our ambition to do more and go even further in this arena.

The consultancy said it is due to announce further hires in the coming months, which will “continue the pace of change at Lansons”.

Earlier this year, the agency changed its ownership structure, so that co-founders Clare Parsons and Tony Langham now own 12 per cent of the firm each, and employees own the remainder.

Last month, Lansons hired a new strategy director.


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