Charles Lewington founded Hanover in 1999 on the back of a high profile career in Downing Street and political journalism. He was Press Secretary to John Major in the 1990s, handling some of the biggest political issues of the decade. Prior to that, he held senior management positions on a number of national newspapers, including the Sunday and Daily Express. He observed and wrote about British politics at Westminster for eight years, covering the downfall of Margaret Thatcher, the first Iraq War and Britain’s convulsive exit from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.
Charles provides strategic counsel to CEOs and senior communications executives at many of Hanover’s corporate and public affairs clients, including Microsoft, BskyB, Lloyds Banking Group, BlackBerry, Airbus and Goldman Sachs. He has particular expertise in integrated media and political campaigns, crisis management and litigation support and is an experienced business advisor, taking non-executive director roles in FMCG businesses.
Under his direction, Hanover has grown from a staff of one to a team of 50 consultants, based in London and Brussels. Hanover was named European Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2011 by the Holmes Report and is one of Europe’s fastest growing independent consultancies. Charles was awarded the OBE in 1997 for political services and is a regular broadcaster on the BBC, ITV and Sky News and commentator on FT.com, Conservative Home and the Huffington Post.