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Established in 1991, Interel Consulting UK (formerly Politics International) is a lobbying firm with offices in Manchester and London.

It was founded by Andrew Dunlop, or Lord Dunlop, who was until June 2017 Northern Ireland minister.He retired from Interel in 2010 to concentrate on his political work.

The firm is part of the wider Interel Group, with offices in Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, German and the USA.

Interel, Greencoat House, Francis Street, SW1P

Brexit lobbying

In its Brexit pitch to clients, Interel offers to ‘connect’ its lobbying clients with ‘critical Brexit decision makers’ so they can ‘shape the post-Brexit regulatory and business environment’. ‘We can identify those opportunities for you and work with you to secure positive outcomes for your business,’ it says.[1]

In particular, it is offering ‘engagement strategies’, which include: ‘Putting you in touch with the top influencers in the Brexit process’; ‘helping you understand the context, their agenda, their room for manoeuvre’; ‘shedding light on their personal and political objectives and motivations’; and ‘shaping strategy and messaging for impact’.[2]

Defence sector specialists

Interel has handled public affairs work for some of the biggest names in the arms and security business, most notably Boeing, Lockheed Martin and QinetiQ. Until recently its head of defence and security practice was Oliver Waghorn,[3] a former special adviser to Liam Fox until scandal ended Fox's stint as a Conservative defence minister back in 2011.

At Interel, Waghorn led on 'advising a range of defence, technology and aerospace clients on business critical issues...support[ing] major UK, US and European primes including Boeing, Finmeccanica Lockheed Martin, QinetiQ and Babcock.[4]

Concern over Waghorn's access to Whitehall and Westminster whilst working for such clients at Interel saw Thomas Docherty MP ask the then Conservative defence secretary Philip Hammond in 2013 'on how many occasions Mr Oliver Waghorn has been registered as a visitor to his Department’s main building ' since Waghorn had stopped working as Fox's adviser. Hammond replied that:

Since November 2011, there is no record of Mr Waghorn having been registered as a visitor to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) main building [...] In addition, my private office records show both Mr Waghorn and Mr Coffey attended a meeting with me in my MOD office on 3 November 2011. [5]

Waghorn left Interel in November 2016 to head BAE Systems's government relations unit.

People

Staff

Former

  • Oli Waghorn, director and group head of defence. former special adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence in 2010 and senior researcher to the Shadow Defence Minister in 2008.[10]
  • Graham Hook, former Interel director was special adviser to chancellor Philip Hammond till May 2017.

APPC lobbying register

Consultants registered as having conducted public affairs.

June 2017-Aug 2017

Tosin Adedayo | Tilly Aviram | William Blackman | Stephen Bramall | Hannah Carmichael | Alexander Cassels | Gemma Doyle | Stephen Edwards | Anna Jobling | Jamie Leich | Bob Lewis | George McGregor | Michael McLaughlin | Katherine Morgan | Alexander Mulchrone | Ricardo Pedrosa | Kenneth Pritchard | Holly Ramsey | Sam Rogerson | Christine Thompson | Carl Thomson | Brian Wadsworth | Lee Whitehill | Jackson Wild

March 2016-May 2016

Tilly Aviram | Michael Blakeney | Stephen Bramall | Hannah Carmichael | David Child | Stephen Edwards | Amanda Gdula | Anna Jobling | Toby Kay | Bob Lewis | Mary McCue | George McGregor | Michael McLaughlin | Katherine Morgan | Alexander Mulchrone | Adrian Parkinson | Jennifer Pattison | Ricardo Pedrosa | Kenneth Pritchard | Brian Wadsworth | Oli Waghorn | Lee Whitehill | Becca Wright[11]

December 2015-February 2016

Tilly Aviram | Michael Blakeney | Stephen Bramall | Hannah Carmichael | David Child | Stephen Edwards | Harriet Edwards | Amanda Gdula | Anna Jobling | Toby Kay | Bob Lewis | Mary McCue | George McGregor | Katherine Morgan | Alexander Mulchrone | Steven Norris | Adrian Parkinson | Kenneth Pritchard | Brian Wadsworth | Oli Waghorn | Lee Whitehill | Becca Wright

September 2015-November 2015

Michael Blakeney | Stephen Bramall | Hannah Carmichael | David Child | Stephen Edwards | Harriet Edwards | Amanda Gdula | Alice Hodgson | Anna Jobling | Toby Kay | Nick Lester | Bob Lewis | Mary McCue | George McGregor | Katherine Morgan | Alexander Mulchrone | Steven Norris | Adrian Parkinson | Kenneth Pritchard | Craig Stanley-Adamson | Brian Wadsworth | Oli Waghorn | Lee Whitehill | Becca Wright[12]

Clients

UK Registrar of consultant lobbyists

The Register of Consultant Lobbyists documents those clients on behalf of whom Interel has lobbied government ministers and the firm's filings since 2015 are as follows:

April - June 2016

British Amusement Catering Trade Association (working in support of the Fixed odds betting terminals APPG) | British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions | Campaign for Fairer Gambling (working in support of the Fixed odds betting terminals APPG) | Expedia | Hippodrome Casino | LM Consultants | Nissan | Novomatic (working in support of the Fixed odds betting terminals APPG)[13]

January - March 2016

Arco | British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | Hippodrome Casino | LM Consultants | Nissan | QinetiQ | SABMiller [14]

October - December 2015

Babcock Mission Critical | British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions | Expedia | Hippodrome Casino | LM Consultants | Project Management Institute | Siemens[15]

July - September 2015

Amey | Arco | Berwin, Leighton, Paisner | Eurovia Group | St John Ambulance | Vinci | Wise

April - June 2015

Amey | Berwin, Leighton, Paisner | Eurovia Group | LM Consultants | Nissan | Project Management Institute | Skanska UK | St John Ambulance | Vinci

January - March 2015

Amey Group Services | Eurovia Group | Nissan Europe | Skanska UK | The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions | Vinci

APPC lobbying register

Interel Consulting UK is a member of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and signs up to its voluntary register.

Sept - Nov 2017

Alibaba | Arco | Babcock | Babcock Mission Critical Services | bacta | Balfour Beatty | Balppa | Berendsen | BIAZA | British Art Market Federation | Business Software Alliance | Challenger | ChargePoint | Community | Confederation of Passenger Transport | Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities | Continental Casualty Company | Dogs Trust | Eaton | Elevation Securities | European Small Volume Car Manufacturers Alliance | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All-Party Parliamentary Group | Future Care Capital | Hippodrome Casino | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers | Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association | ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) | ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) | Kaspersky | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | National Hairdressers' Federation | Novomatic | Oikos Storage | Paragon Banking Group | Praesepe | Project Management Institute | QinetiQ | RecordSure | Red Bull | Shanghai Yuchan Consulting Company | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | St John Ambulance | Today's Group | Veritec Solutions

June-Aug 2017

Alibaba | Arco | Babcock | Babcock Mission Critical Services | Babcock Rail | bacta | Balfour Beatty | Balppa | Berendsen | BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) | British Art Market Federation | Business Software Alliance | Challenger | Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development | Community | Confederation of Passenger Transport | Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities | Continental Casualty Company | Dogs Trust | Eaton | Elevation Securities | European Small Volume Car Manufacturers Alliance | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All-Party Parliamentary Group | Future Care Capital | Hippodrome Casino | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers | Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association | ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) | ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) | Kaspersky | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | | Novomatic | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Praesepe | Project Management Institute | QinetiQ | Red Bull | Shanghai Yuchan Consulting Company | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | St John Ambulance | Road Ahead Group | Veritec Solutions

Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

Airtanker | Alibaba | Arco | Babcock | Babcock Mission Critical Services | Babcock Rail | bacta | Balppa | Berendsen | British Art Market Federation | Cereal Partners Worldwide | Challenger | Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development | Community | Confederation of Passenger Transport | Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities | Continental Casualty Company | Eaton | European Small Volume Car Manufacturers Alliance | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All-Party Parliamentary Group | Hippodrome Casino | HomeAway | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers | Intel Security | Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association | International Gas Union | ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) | ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | | Novomatic | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Project Management Institute | QinetiQ | Rail Delivery Group | Red Bull | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Women Engineers | St John Ambulance | Road Ahead Group | Veritec Solutions

March 2016-May 2016

Academy for Eating Disorders | Airtanker | Arco | Babcock | Babcock Mission Critical Services | BACTA | Balppa | Berendsen | British Art Market Foundation | Canadian Standards Association | Challenger | Community | Confederation of Passenger Transport | Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All-Party Parliamentary Group | General Mills | Hippodrome Casino | HomeAway | IEEE | Intel Security | Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association | ISACA | ISSA | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | Logpoint | Magnox | Nissan | Oikos Storage | OSA | Paragon | Project Management Institute | Qatar Airways | QinetiQ | Rail Delivery Group | Red Bull "| SABMiller plc | Shaw Education Trust | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Women Engineers | St John Ambulance | The Road Ahead Group | Veritec Solutions [11]

December 2015-February 2016

Academy for Eating Disorders | Airtanker | Arco | Babcock | Babcock Mission Critical Services | Balppa | Berendsen | British Art Market Foundation | Canadian Standards Association | Challenger Community | Confederation of Passenger Transport | Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | Gilead | HomeAway | IEEE | Intel Security | ISACA | ISSA | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | Nissan | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Project Management Institute | Qatar Airways | QinetiQ | Rail Delivery Group | Red Bull | SABMiller plc | Shaw Education Trust | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Women Engineers | St John Ambulance | Storage Networking Industry Association | The Road Ahead Group | Veritec Solutions | Wise Employment[16]

September 2015-November 2015

Abellio | Academy for Eating Disorders | Airtanker | Arco | Ascent | Babcock | Babcock Mission Critical Services | Balppa | British Art Market Foundation | BTG Pactual | Canadian Standards Association | Challenger | Community | Confederation of Passenger Transport | Consortium of East Coast Mainline Authorities | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors HomeAway | IEEE | Intel Security | ISACA | ISSA | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | Nissan | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Project Management Institute | Qatar Airways | QinetiQ | Rail Delivery Group | Red Bull | Refuge | SABMiller | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers | St John Ambulance | Storage Networking Industry Association | The Road Ahead Group | TripAdvisor | Veritec Solutions | Wise Employment[17]

June 2015-August 2015

Abellio | Academy for Eating Disorders | Airtanker | Arco | Avincis | Babcock | Balppa | British Art Market Foundation | BTG Pactual | Canadian Standards Association | Carlyle Group | Challenger | Community | Expedia | Federation of Wholesale Distributors | HomeAway | IEEE | Intel Security | Iron Yard | ISACA | ISSA | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | Nissan | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Project Management Institute | Qatar Airways | QinetiQ | Red Bull | Refuge | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers | St John Ambulance | Storage Networking Industry Association | The Road Ahead Group | TripAdvisor | Veritec Solutions [18]


December 2014-February 2015

Michael Blakeney | Stephen Bramall | Hannah Carmichael | Stephen Edwards | Harriet Edwards | Amanda Gdula | Alice Hodgson | Huw Hopkins | Anna Jobling | Toby Kay | Bob Lewis | Mary McCue | George McGregor | Lucy Mears | Katherine Morgan | Vicki Nice | Steven Norris | Ken Penton | Keith Robson | Craig Stanley-Adamson | Brian Wadsworth | Oli Waghorn | Lee Whitehill | Becca Wright[19]

September 2014-November 2014

Michael Blakeney | Stephen Bramall | Hannah Carmichael | Stephen Edwards | John Fearn | Amanda Gdula | Alice Hodgson | Huw Hopkins | Anna Jobling | Toby Kay | Bob Lewis |Mary McCue | George McGregor | Lucy Mears | Katherine Morgan | Vicki Nice | Steven Norris | Charlotte Parsons | Ellie Staunton | Brian Wadsworth | Oli Waghorn | Lee Whitehill | Becca Wright[20]

Former staff

Clients

December 2014-February 2015

Abellio | Academy for Eating Disorders | Airtanker | ARCO | Avincis | Babcock | Balppa | Boeing | Bristol Water | British Art Market Foundation | Carlyle Group | Challenge | Community | ECMA | Expedia | HomeAway | IEEE | ISSA | LMM Associates | Lockheed Martin | McAfee | Nissan | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Project Management Institute | Qatar Airways | QinetiQ | Red Bull | Refuge | SABMiller | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers | St John Ambulance | Storage Networking Industry Association | The Road Ahead Group | Veritec Solutions[19]

September 2014-November 2014

Abellio | Airtanker | ARCO | Avincis | Babcock | Balppa | Boeing | Bridgestone | Bristol Water | British Art Market FoundationChallenger | Community | Expedia | Finmeccanica | HomeAway | IEEE | Lockheed Martin | McAfee | Oikos Storage | Paragon | Project Management Institute | Qatar Airways | QinetiQ | Red Bull | Refuge | SAB Miller | Shaw Trust | Siemens Rail | Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers | St John Ambulance | Storage Networking Industry Association | The Road Ahead Group | Veritec Solutions | Wise Employment[20]

Former clients

Baby Products Association | Berwin Leighton Paisner | BII | Blue Sky | BMT | Careers Development Group | CH2M HILL | The Coca-Cola Company | Coca-Cola Great Britain | Confederation of Passenger Transport UK | Covanta Energy Ltd | EADS | Federation of Awarding Bodies | Gates Foundation | General Dynamics UK | Hitachi Europe Ltd | Invensys | Kapsch TrafficCom AG | Marcegaglia | Manchester Airports Group | Mersey Gateway | National Express | North Asset Management | A Nelson & Co | Oikos | Peel Holdings | Police Federation of England & Wales | SAAB Training Systems | Serco Integrated Transport | SSI | Virgin Atlantic Airways | Virgin Management Ltd | Virgin Money | Virgin Trains | VT Education and Skills | VT Group plc | VT Support Services | Waste Recycling Group

Contact, Resources, Notes

Contact

Address: Interel Consulting UK
Greencoat House
Francis street
London
SW1P 1DH
Website: http://www.interelconsulting.co.uk/

Resources

Notes

  1. Brexit Services, Interel website, accessed October 2017
  2. Brexit Services, Interel website, accessed October 2017
  3. Oliver Waghorn Linkedin, Accessed 18 September 2014
  4. Waghorn, LinkedIn, last accessed 6 September 2017
  5. PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES (HANSARD) Monday 14 October 2013 House of Commons Official Report, No 568
  6. George McGregor Linkedin, accessed 21 January 2015
  7. Craig Stanley-Adamson Linkedin, accessed 21 January 2015
  8. UK team Interel Group, accessed 21 January 2015
  9. Nick Gash Linkedin, accessed 21 January 2015
  10. Oliver Waghorn Linkedin, accessed 21 January 2015
  11. 11.0 11.1 Interel staff Mar-May16, APPC, accessed 16 June 2016
  12. Interel Consulting staff list Sep-Nov15, APPC.org, accessed 24 February 2016
  13. 'Interel profile 2016', Register of consultant lobbyists, accessed 21 July 2016
  14. Interel Consulting profile 2016, Registrar of consultant lobbyists, accessed 3 May 2016
  15. Interel Consulting profile 2015, Registrar of consultant lobbyists, accessed 8 February 2016
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Dec15
  17. Interel Consulting client list Sep-Nov15, APPC.org, accessed 24 February 2016
  18. Interel Consulting client list Jun-Aug15, APPC.org, accessed 24 February 2016
  19. 19.0 19.1 Register 1st December 2014 - 28th February 2015 APPC, accessed 31 March 2015
  20. 20.0 20.1 Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 21 January 2015
  21. David Singleton Transport Secretary Justine Greening hires Interel consultant as special adviser, prweek.com, 24 October 2011
  22. David Singleton Margaret Thatcher's ex-political secretary Sir Stephen Sherbourne joins Interel PR Week, 30 November 2011, accessed 21 January 2015
  23. Sophie Waight Linkedin, accessed 21 January 2015
  24. Ben Jones biography Kings College London, accessed 21 January 2015
  25. David Singleton Public Affairs: Lib Dems take up lobby roles PR Week, 2 July 2010, accessed 21 January 2015
  26. Clare Fraser Linkedin, accessed 21 January 2015

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