Two new Associate Partners have joined Pagefield—the former Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager to a Labour Shadow Cabinet member and a former Assistant Editor and Head of Features at The Sun.
The injection of talent bolsters the media relations and political credentials at the London-based agency ahead of this year’s general election.
Luke Francis joined in January. He has worked as a Chief of Staff and political advisor to senior Labour politicians including Lisa Nandy, currently the Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development, and a Senior Advisor to Sadiq Khan, London Mayor.
Sean Hamilton joined in late November last year. He previously had a 25-year, award-winning career in journalism, working for some of the UK’s leading newspapers as well as in broadcasting.
Oliver Foster, Pagefield’s CEO, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Luke and Sean to the agency.
“Luke’s experience at the top of Labour politics will be invaluable to our clients. He perfectly complements our other Partner-level staff with Labour backgrounds, including Rebecca Lury, the former Deputy Leader of Southwark Council and a Labour Parliamentary candidate, and Patrick Diamond, previously a Blair and Brown senior policy advisor at Number 10 Downing Street.
“Sean, meanwhile, brings expertise and contacts from the top of the newspaper world, giving the consultancy greater capacity alongside the numerous other former journalists on the team.
“The range, diversity, and capability of the people at the Pagefield is our greatest strength and we are constantly looking to expand and grow the team to meet the complex political and commercial challenges our clients face.”
Luke joins Pagefield from Concilio where he was a director, leading business development across public and private sectors.
He has experience at several other public affairs agencies where he advised clients on major development and infrastructure projects, complex regulatory environments, and stakeholder networks.
Sean joins Pagefield from The PHA Group where he was a Senior Associate Director. He was at The Sun for 15 years across print and digital, where he worked with celebrities, broke agenda-setting stories, and launched campaigns.
Before that, at the Sunday Mirror, he won a Press Award for Showbusiness Reporter of the Year. He is also a former judge for the Society of Editors National Press Awards and a graduate of News UK’s Emerging Leaders Programme.