Tanner was previously a lobbyist with Portland Communications from September 2017 where his job was to "advise clients on the policy priorities of the Conservative government, including Brexit". The role of chief policy adviser at Portland was previously held by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, now a junior minister at the Department for Health.
Prior to his stint as a lobbyist at Portland, Tanner was deputy head of prime minister Theresa May's policy unit at Number 10 from 2016 until June 2017.
Tanner previously worked as a researcher for the think tank Reform.
- Will Tanner, Linked In, accessed 9 December 2016.