James Wild

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James Wild is an ex-lobbyist who was special adviser (spad) to former defence secretary Michael Fallon before his resignation in 2017. Wild first served as Fallon's adviser at BIS soon after Fallon was appointed business minister in September 2012, and also worked with him in his dual role as energy minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change from March 2013 until July 2014.[1]

Before joining government Wild worked as an account director for Hanover Communications.

Wild is married to leader of the House of Lords Natalie Evans.

Background

Wild was an account director from 2009 until 2012 at Hanover, where his clients included BSkyB. [2] His previous roles include working as public affairs manager at T-Mobile, as senior account executive at Politics Direct and as policy officer for business issues at Tory Central Office. [3]

PRWeek reported that he is ‘seen as a real Conservative Party man, and he’s trusted’. The appointment was considered unusual in that non Secretaries of State do not usually take on advisers.[3]

Understood to be an expert on business policy, Wild has advised media and telecoms clients such as 3 Mobile on political and regulatory issues, advocacy programmes and reputation management. [3]

As a special adviser to Mr Fallon, Wild is paid an annual salary of £60,000. [4]

Meetings with outside interests

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In April 2013 Wild had breakfast with an unnamed representative from lobbying firm Edelman. [5]

Edelman's many clients include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Shell, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

In January 2017 Wild had dinner with aircraft engine-maker and energy company Rolls Royce according to the government's hospitality register. [6]

Affiliations

Resources

See: Fracking Spads

Notes

  1. Linkedin James Wild, accessed 4 June 2015.
  2. Rajeev Syal, Tory party's News Corp links face fresh scrutiny over lobbyist's role, The Guardian, 14 November 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hanover's James Wild appointed as Michael Fallon's special adviser, PRWeek, 18 October 2012
  4. Special advisers in post, 30 November 2014 GOV.UK, accessed 29 April 2015
  5. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 01 APRIL 2013 – 30 JUNE 2013, Hospitality received by Special Advisers, published 25 October 2013, acc 29 October 2013
  6. Transparency data, MOD: special advisers' gifts, hospitality and meetings, January to December 2017, publication date December 2017