Prime Minister Theresa May'S Former Director OF Strategy
Chris Wilkins was Director of Strategy and Chief Speechwriter to Prime Minister Theresa May between August 2016 to Autumn 2017.
During this time, he wrote the Prime Minister’s major policy speeches on Brexit, domestic and foreign policy including her Lancaster House address, Davos speech and her speech to the Republican Party retreat in Philadelphia, en route to a meeting with President Trump at the White House.
He had a front row seat in discussions about the Brexit negotiating strategy, helped to craft the Prime Minister’s response to a series of terror attacks and watched the general election campaign unfold at close quarters.
Chris is a veteran of the Westminster scene and has written speeches for most of the major Conservative politicians of recent eras. He first met the current prime minister more than 15 years ago when he authored her famous ‘nasty party’ speech for the Conservative Party conference of 2002.
Beyond Westminster Chris has built a career in strategic communications and reputation management, advising governments and others on how best to engage with sensitive issues and hard-to-reach populations. He was an adviser to the Multi-National Forces in Iraq at the height of the insurgency in 2006, helping to advise on strategies to engage the Iraqi population and overcome violent conflict. Since 2012, he has been an adviser to the British Government on issues around security, counter-terrorism and counter-extremism and regularly consults on these issues for governments around the world.
With an insider's view of Prime Minister May's rise to power and the turbulent Brexit negotiations, Chris is perfectly placed to provide insightful analysis on the state of British politics, the dynamics of the Conservative party and what this means for Britain's departure from the EU.