In his role as director for Hanover Communications, Alex Thomson will help to provide strategic advice to blue chip clients.
Since 2010, Thomson has overseen Localis’ growth into a leading think tank on issues related to localism and the devolution of power in the UK.
Thomson also helped develop the Conservative Party’s thinking on decentralisation, local government, housing and planning. Prior to working with the Conservatives, Thomson was a civil servant in DCLG and DEFRA and was part of Boris Johnson’s successful 2008 mayoral campaign team.
Thomson said: “Hanover’s reputation in the marketplace was a big factor in my decision to move into consultancy. I’m very much looking forward to joining what is a very talented team of people.”
Hanover is a corporate and public affairs consultancy with offices in London and Brussels. Its blue chip client list includes Goldman Sachs, Sky, Microsoft, Amgen, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Airbus, De Beers, Gatwick Airport, the NFL, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Steel.
Laura Swire, director of advocacy at Hanover, added: “I am delighted to welcome Alex to the team. He brings a breadth and depth of experience that will complement and enhance Hanover’s existing offering in advocacy and public affairs.”