We draw on deep backgrounds in economics and politics to bring you solutions that work in today’s political climate.
Nick Faith – Director
Nick is the co-founder of WPI Strategy, and a recognised expert in political communications and media strategy. He spent the past four years as the Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, helping the organisation gain its position as the UK’s leading think tank. He is also a prolific writer and blogger and is regularly cited in the national media, most recently in the Sunday Telegraph, The Times, the Financial Times and on the BBC. Prior to Policy Exchange, Nick advised senior business leaders and international businesses on policy and media issues during his six years as a consultant with a leading communications agency.
Sean Worth – Director
Sean is the co-founder of WPI Strategy, and leads work on policy analysis and political engagement. Sean spent a decade working in politics, latterly as a Downing Street special adviser in the Coalition Government, where he worked across a range of domestic policy areas and Whitehall departments. Prior to government, Sean was head of the Conservative Party’s Policy Unit and worked for the Party through two general elections. His industry experience also includes senior roles in the communications sector advising some of the highest-profile commercial brands on government relations and on managing policy and regulatory change.
Matthew Oakley – Associate Director
Matthew is a respected economist and policy analyst, having spent well over a decade working in and around policy making in Westminster. Before founding WPI Economics Matthew held a number of roles including Chief Economist and Head of Financial Services Policy at the consumer champion Which?, and Head of Economics and Social Policy at the think tank Policy Exchange. Matthew also led the Independent Review of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions that reported to Parliament in 2014, and previously spent eight years at the Treasury. Alongside WPI, Matthew is also a Senior Researcher at the Social Market Foundation.
Max Wilson – Account Director
Max Wilson has recently joined WPI Strategy as an Account Director.
Wilson was previously the Head of Communications at Back Heathrow where he worked to win over the support of local councils and MPs in west London for airport expansion.
Before that role, he held numerous roles in the Labour Party. He was a political adviser to Harriet Harman, during her time as interim leader of the Labour Party, working on political engagement with the shadow Cabinet, backbenchers and across the party. Wilson also headed campaigns for the Parliamentary Labour Party’s (PLP) Political Services Unit, where he worked with the Shadow Cabinet on devising and implementing a range of campaigns across various policy areas.
Guy Miscampbell – Senior Consultant
Guy is a public policy professional with experience working in legislatures, think tanks, and governments across three different countries. He joined WPI Economics in July 2016 after completing a Master of Public Policy Degree at the University of Toronto, where he was a Cadario scholar. Prior to this Guy held a variety of positions, including working in the Strategy and Results branch of the Ontario Public Service, as a Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, a Research Assistant at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, and working in the U.S. House of Representatives.
John McTernan – Associate
John is an Associate at WPI providing strategic communications, speechwriting and presentation advice to our clients.
John is a senior political adviser, political strategist and media commentator. He was Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Director of Political Operations from 2005-2007 and was a special adviser to Des Browne, Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Defence and then to Jim Murphy while he was Secretary of State for Scotland between 2008-2010.
John also worked as director of communications for the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard before returning to the UK to become the Chief of Staff to Jim Murphy during his time as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
Chris Walker – Associate
Chris leads our infrastructure, housing and planning advisory work, having had 12 years’ experience as a senior economic adviser in the Government Economic Service.
He worked as an economist in the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he led work on housing and planning policy. He also worked as an economist at HM Treasury, where he worked on property and taxation issues.
As well as having deep experience and understanding of Whitehall and Westminster, Chris has worked at senior level on devolution and regional policy, a growing area of importance given the progressive passing of policymaking power to mayors and local governments. Chris also holds a BA and an MSc in Economics.
Eve Willis – Account Manager
Eve joined WPI from a public affairs agency, where she predominantly worked with tech clients – helping to shape understanding of emergent cyber security legislation, and working with clients to develop effective, industry-wide responses. She holds a first-class English literature degree, and has worked in legal and editorial roles at a city law firm, a publishing house, and parenting website Mumsnet. Eve has worked on a diverse range of projects – from tax relief, to commercial copywriting. She is an active member of the Labour party, and has canvassed for established MPs and parliamentary hopefuls all over London.
Daniel Monaghan – Account Executive
Daniel joined WPI Strategy in 2017 as an analyst. Prior to WPI, Daniel worked in the private sector for Unilever, where he gained experience in commercial enterprise and international operations. He holds a MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, as well as a BA Honours in History and Politics from the University of Warwick. Daniel is an experienced campaigner, having engaged with parliament on the subject of homelessness alleviation legislation and is an active contributor to the Labour Party & Co-operative Party.
Raphael Gregorian – Analyst
Raphael has recently joined WPI Economics as an analyst. Prior to this position, Raphael was working in the UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus alongside the UN, NGOs and government ministries, where he gained experience in grassroots conflict-resolution, and public policy strategy, specifically in the field of education and social policy. Raphael has a first class honours in Economics and History from SOAS, University of London, and was awarded the “SOAS Department of Economics Prize for Undergraduate Finalists 2015-2016”.
Steve Hughes – Associate Economist
Steve was previously the Head of Economic and Social Policy at the think tank Policy Exchange, and published reports on increasing savings rates and reducing youth unemployment. Before Policy Exchange he worked at the Bank of England, where he helped manage the regulatory system that governs cash distribution in the UK. He has previously worked an economist at the British Chambers of Commerce where he advised on tax, international trade and SME finance policy, and in Parliament, where he researched HM Treasury and Department for Work and Pensions legislation as it passed through the House of Commons.
Graham Pontin – Associate
Graham Pontin is an Associate at WPI Economics and the company director of GPontin Ltd. He has previously worked as an consultant, an economist at the Treasury and for the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE).
At ACE he conducted and authored innovative market research, data analysis and macroeconomics. He has policy expertise covering economic indices, investment and trading within the energy sector, road finance and funding, pension fund and alternative funding schemes, Private Finance Initiative performance and housing supply.
What we do
We are a public affairs and communications consultancy which delivers high impact campaigns for organisations looking to engage with political, media and public audiences.
How we work
We offer our clients the most senior strategic advice from consultants with years of experience working in Whitehall and Westminster
What makes us different
We use objective evidence to inform our campaign strategies to ensure our clients get the results they want. We also produce our own first class content to evidence our clients’ arguments.