Will Tanner

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Will Tanner is a lobbyist who became director of Onward, a think tank closely associated with the Conservative Party in May 2018.

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 was a Home Office policy adviser from July 2014 until August 2015 and was re-appointed as a special adviser to then home secretary May, from November 2015 to July 2016. [1]

Tanner previously worked as a researcher for the think tank Reform.


  1. Will Tanner, Linked In, accessed 9 December 2016.