With many agencies keen to sign up consultants with a working knowledge of David Cameron’s operation, TLG has pounced to sign up Helen Gale as a consultant.
Gale moves from being an adviser in the party’s policy unit, ran by Tory policy chief James O’Shaugnessy and overseen by shadow cabinet member and party manifesto chief Oliver Letwin.
She becomes the second recent Conservative Central Office staffer on TLG’s books, joining five months after the agency hired Henry Goodwin from FD Public Affairs.
Before joining FD in 2008, Goodwin was adviser on business, enterprise and regulatory reform at CCO.
Agency boss Malcolm Gooderham said: ‘Helen is a great scoop for us and our clients. Her appointment helps to underline our credentials as the consultancy that best understands the changing political agenda.’
TLG was set up by Gooderham in 2007.
Gooderham worked as former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo’s press secretary and as deputy MD of corporate comms and public affairs at Weber Shandwick.
Gale started at CCO in 2005 and is one of the few Tories to leave the fold in recent months.
Earlier this year, Portland hired Cameron’s former press secretary George Eustice as an associate director, but most Tory advisers are said to be resisting offers from public affairs consultancies as the party edges closer to power.