BP-PA appoints Oates as director from Bolland

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs has poached Jonathan Oates from former Prince of Wales press secretary Mark Bolland’s PR agency to join it as a director.

Oates joins BP-PA next week from Mark Bolland & Associates, where he has held the title of associate since the agency’s inception a few years ago.

He becomes one of nine directors at BP-PA and reports to managing director Peter Bingle, who said Oates would have a ‘roving portfolio’ and that the agency was establishing a ‘deliberately top-heavy structure’ to service clients with experienced consultants.

Prior to joining Bolland, Oates worked as a policy and communications adviser to Lord Warner at the Youth Justice Board and for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy – where he worked on a two-year project providing training and support to MPs and staff in the South African Parliament.

Oates kicked off his career in public affairs in the early 1990s at Westminster Strategy, where he stayed for five years.

In addition, he is a former deputy leader of Kingston-upon-Thames Borough Council and an ex-Liberal Democrat councillor.

Last month, BP-PA director Howard Dawber quit to join Canary Wharf Group as a special adviser.

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