Susie Squire

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Susie Squire is the group head of corporate communications and PR at Woolworths Holdings in South Africa and Australia.

From July 2012 to October 2012 she was the head of press to the Conservative Party and then until December 2013 she was press secretary to the British Prime Minister.[1]

Squire is a former head of communications at the Stockholm Network and former political director and campaign director of the TaxPayers' Alliance pressure group.[2] In 2010 she became a special adviser to Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions before moving on to become head of communications for the Conservative Party.[3]

2007-2008 Stockholm Network

Susie Squire joined the Stockholm Network(SN) in February 2007 following an internship, she later became 'Network Development Manager' for the think tank, worked there until 2008 when she joined the TaxPayers' Alliance.[4] In 2007 she attended the Centre for the New Europe event entitled the 'Capitalist Ball'.[5]

2008-2010 TaxPayers' Alliance

In December 2008 Susie Squire was asked by Nick Ferrari on his LBC Breakfast Radio Show if the TaxPayers Alliance was 'secretly Conservative?', she responded by saying:

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I can’t have that – that’s outrageous! That’s just absolutely outrageous!' adding 'we’re totally independent, we talk to everyone. I mean, God, I was in Wales at the end of last week, giving evidence on MPs’ expenses to a cross-party independent panel in the Welsh Assembly. We talk to everyone who wants to talk to us. We produce research that goes out to many MPs, cross-party, that goes out to journalists. We don’t have a party preference. Yes of course we have advisors and we have a board – any think tank worth its salt does. We’ll talk to anyone.'[6]

Squire left the TaxPayers Alliance in May 2010 to work as an adviser to the Conservative Party's Iain Duncan Smith.[7]

2010-2012 Special Adviser to the Department of Work and Pensions

Hospitality

Up until March 2011, since becoming a special adviser at the DWP Squire was given hospitality by the Daily Mail four times, three times by the Telegraph twice by the BBC, the Spectator and once by The Times and Press Gallery.[8]

2012 David Cameron's Press Secretary role

On 31st October 2012 PR Week reported that Squire would take over from Gabby Bertin as David Cameron's press secretary from the 15 November 2012.[9]

Woolworths

In January 2014 Squire took up a role as the head of corporate communications and PR at Woolworths in South Africa.[4]

Publications

Susie Squire, Broke Britannia, The Guardian, 24-April-2009

Affiliations

Taxpayers Alliance | Stockholm Network | Conservative Party | Centre for the New Europe

Resources

Notes

  1. John Owens Prime Minister picks Jean-Christophe Gray and Susie Squire for top comms roles PR Week, 31 October 2012, Accessed 31 October 2012.
  2. Newswire, TaxPayers Alliance challenged, Liberal Conspiracy, 17-December-2008, Accessed 25-June-2010
  3. Guido Fawkes, Susie Squire Slips in to Spinning at the DWP for IDS, Guido Fawkes, 27-May-2010, Accessed 25-June-2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 Susie Squire, Susie Squire's Experience, Linkedin, Accessed 28-March-2011
  5. Stockholm Network, Photos, Stockholm Network, Accessed 28-March-2011
  6. Newswire, Tax Payers Alliance challenged, Liberal Conspiracy, 17-December-2008, Accessed 25-June-2010
  7. Guido Fawkes, Susie Squire Slips in to Spinning at the DWP for IDS, Guido Fawkes, 27-May-2010, Accessed 25-June-2010
  8. Department of Work and Pensions, Executive Team Hospitality, Department of Work and Pensions, Accessed 28-March-2011
  9. John Owens, Prime Minister picks Jean-Christophe Gray and Susie Squire for top comms roles, PRWeek, 31-October-2012, Accessed 31-October-2012