Theresa May MP is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, having succeeded David Cameron following his resignation in 2016. May had previously served as Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equality for six years. 
She stepped down as PM in July 2019 under pressure from her party over the handling of Brexit.
As of October 2017:
- Oliver Robbins, Prime Minister's Europe adviser since September 2017; former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union
- Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister who lost his Croydon seat to the Labour party, was persuaded to become the PM’s new Chief of Staff in June 2017.
- Joanna Penn, deputy chief of staff
- Robbie Gibb, director of communications. Ex-BBC politics executive
- Ben Mascall, head of strategic communications/government grid
- Paul Harrison, press secretary
- Lee Cain, head of political press
- Kirsty Buchanan, weekends and regional press
- Tom Swarbrick, head of broadcast
- Liz Sanderson, head of features
- James Slack, No 10 official spokesman
- Stephen Parkinson, political secretary
- Alex Dawson, political director
- Edward de Minckwitz, head of briefing
- Chris Wilkins, Speechwriter
- Keelan Carr, speechwriter (as of Sept 2017)
- James Johnson, strategy
- Sheridan Westlake, policy adviser
- Richard Chew, political adviser
- David Beckingham, political adviser
- Cleo Watson, political adviser
The Policy Unit in No.10:
- James Marshall, head of policy
- Denzil Davidson, EU adviser
- Dr James Kent, Health
- Mike Crowhurst, Education
- Douglas McNeil, Economics Adviser
- Ross Reid, Devolution
- John Randall, Environment
- Giles Wilkes, Industrial Strategy
- Richard Jackson, Head of Operations
- Elizabeth Hodkinson, Events and Visits Team
- Jonathan Stock, Events and Visits Team
- Katie Perrior (director of communications). Got out ahead of elections- resigned May 2017.
- Fiona HIll (PM's closest adviser, co-chief of staff), forced to resign after May's disastrous June 2017 general election result.
- Nick Timothy (co-chief of staff), As above
- John Godfrey (director of policy), quit in June 2017
- Chris Wilkins (strategy director), quit in July 2017, rejoined later in 2017 as speechwriter
- Will Tanner (deputy head of policy), quit in June 2017; joined Portland PR
- Nick Hargrave, left in August 2017; joined Portland PR
- Laura Trott; left July 2016; joined Portland PR
- Lizzie Loudon, left before the June 2017 election campaign; joined lobbying firm Hanbury Strategy
- Alex Burghart (policy unit lead on social justice); became Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar in 2017 election.
- Georgia Berry (policy unit lead on energy and climate change) left June 2017 after less than a year; joined energy provider Ovo Group
- Neil O'Brien, became Conservative MP for Harborough in June 2017 election.
- Tim Smith (head of political press); moved to the Department for Exiting the European Union
- Helen Bower (previously Official Spokesperson for PM); became Director of Communication at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
As of Dec 2016
Nick Timothy | Fiona Hill | John Godfrey | Katie Perrior | Chris Wilkins | Joanna Penn | Douglas McNeill | Neil O’Brien | Denzil Davidson | Chris Brannigan | Richard Jackson | Lizzie Loudon | Tom Swarbrick | Alex Dawson | Georgia Berry | Alex Burghart | Will Tanner | Liz Sanderson | Sheridan Westlake | Jonathan Hellewell | Charlotte Lawson | James McLoughlin | Nick Hargrave | Jessica Cunniffe | Ben Mascall | Edward de Minckwitz | Keelan Carr | Tim Smith | Jonathan Stock | Richard Chew | Elizabeth Hodgkinson | James Johnson
Dinner with lobbyists
Summer ball 2013
Details of the attendees and seating plans of the Conservative's 2013 summer ball, an event where tickets cost up to £12,000 each and allows attendees to sit at the table with ministers, were leaked by the Guardian. It revealed that May sat with Lord de la Warr, director of Cluff Natural Resources, who are exploring coal gasification in Warwickshire and Wafic Said, a Syrian-Saudi businessman who helped broker the al-Yamamah arms deal.
Black and White ball 2015
On the 9 February 2015, May attended the Conservative Party's 'Black and White ball' election fundraiser at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. The event was attended by almost the entire Cabinet, Boris Johnson and George Osborne did not attend due to the G20 event, and by party donors including; hedge fund boss Stanley Fink (Lord Fink), who wants Britain to rival offshore tax havens with an equally generous tax regime; founder of Lycamobile, who paid no corporation tax between 2007 and 2014 despite generating millions in revenue, Subaskaran Allirajah; jewellery tycoon Ranbir Singh Suri and lap dancing club owner Peter Stringfellow.
One Tory donor told the Guardian he had been told if he bought a 'premium table at the event for £15,000 he would expect the company of a cabinet minister' and if 'he paid £5,000 for a standard table, he would expect a junior minister'.
As a further way of raising money at the event, the Party sold one-off prizes. These included, shoe shopping with May, a meal at the Carlton Club with Sajid Javid, dinner at home with Michael Gove and a session of jogging with Nicky Morgan.
A full list of prizes available at the event is available here.
- Now, here's the interesting thing. Mrs May joined Holton Grammar at the age of 13 (later than the usual 11) from a private school, in 1969. She then had about two years of grammar school education. And she completed her schooling at a new comprehensive, successfully enough to win a place at St Hugh's, then a women-only college at Oxford. But in 'Dod's Parliamentary Companion', the more detailed 'Who's Who' for MPs, she sums up her secondary schooling as 'Educated at Wheatley Park Comprehensive School'. As you see, it's a lot more complicated than that. And I don't think she needed to use the word 'comprehensive' when describing her school.
- CChange - Former Board member
- Nigel Morris, Theresa May is surprise choice to be Home Secretary The Independent, 13-May-2010, Accessed 13-May-2010
- 'Who's in and Who's Out? May's new cabinet', 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
- BBC News Maidenhead, accessed 11 May 2015.
- Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 2 March 2015
- Robert Booth, Nick Mathiason, Luke Harding and Melanie Newman Tory summer party drew super-rich supporters with a total wealth of £11bn The Guardian, 3 July 2014, accessed 14 October 2014
- Rajeev Syal and Rowena Mason Conservative donors pay up to £15,000 for table at election fundraiser The Guardian, 9 February 2015, accessed 11 February 2015
- BBC News, Cameron coalition: Theresa May made home secretary, BBC News, 13-May-2010, Accessed 13-May-2010
- PA, Theresa May flies the flag for women in Government, The Independent, 12-May-2010
- Peter Hitchens, Lessons in Grammar, Daily Mail, 22-May-2007, Accessed 13-May-2010