The appointment represents a significant coup given Young's 31 years in the civil service, which ended just prior to last year's general election. He served as permanent secretary at the Department for Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2005, where he reorganised the department, cut staff numbers by 25 per cent and forged partnerships with businesses and regional development agencies.
'Organisations need up-to-date knowledge on how things happen in modern-day government, which can only come from people with recent experience of it,' said Young, who will serve at least one day a week at the firm. 'Old-school lobbying doesn't work any more, if it ever did. But enhancing corporate reputation and strategic influence in public affairs has never been more important.'
Before the DTI, Young held various other high-profile civil servant roles. Since leaving the service he has become deputy chairman of health information provider Dr Foster.