Westminster Policy Institute (WPI) today announced the appointment of Simon Horner who will be joining as an Associate with a specific focus on building the agency’s financial services practice.
Horner, who has spent the past 5 years as Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Venture Capitalist Association (BVCA), will set up and lead a specialist unit at WPI focused on providing public affairs and corporate communications advice to financial services firms. Among other things, he will be working to develop a new offering for companies specifically focused on identifying risks and opportunities related to the impending EU referendum.
Horner further boosts WPI’s Conservative credentials further having begun his career as a researcher in David Cameron’s office while in Opposition and as a researcher for the Shadow Treasury team at the Conservative Party. He also worked on education issues for Policy Exchange, the centre right think tank which has been at the heart of the Conservative Party’s thinking for over a decade.
WPI was founded by Nick Faith, formerly Director of Communications at Policy Exchange and Sean Worth, formerly a senior No 10 policy adviser. The agency provides senior strategic communications and political risk advice to organisations looking to play a constructive role in the policymaking process. Horner joins Sonia Sodha, a former small business adviser to the Rt Hon Ed Miliband, and Chris Yiu, a former Treasury and Cabinet Office official, as Associates.
Last month WPI set up an economics consultancy – WPI Economics – headed by former Treasury official, Matthew Oakley.
Nick Faith, Director of WPI, said:
“We are thrilled that Simon is joining our growing team. His knowledge, networks and experience of working in the financial services sector for the past decade makes him the ideal person to set up and lead our financial services work. In particular, Simon will be working with us to advise companies around the risks and opportunities associated with the upcoming EU referendum.”
Simon Horner added:
“There has never been a more important time to work in financial services. Commercial decision making is increasingly impacted by reputational challenge and shifting policy sands. To navigate through requires good advice and clear strategy. I’m delighted to be joining Sean, Nick and the WPI team to continue to help financial services firms move forward and grow their businesses.”