iNHouse Communications has announced two senior additions to its team in the form of former Downing Street Director of Strategy Chris Wilkins and former Labour senior advisor Paul Ovenden.

Chris joins iNHouse as Chief Strategy Advisor, having served as Director of Strategy and Chief Speechwriter to the Prime Minister from August 2016 to Autumn 2017. The author of many of the Prime Minister’s major policy speeches, Chris was responsible for Theresa May’s speeches at Davos, Lancaster House and to the Republican Party retreat prior to a meeting with President Trump.

Paul joins iNHouse from M&C Saatchi having led on counter-extremism projects and providing senior counsel to a range of organisations. He previously spent four years working for the Labour Party, including as a senior advisor and speechwriter to the leadership. Paul has also worked for Sky Sports, Maggie’s Cancer Centres and is a regular contributor to political podcasts, The Times Red Box, HuffPost and The Independent.

Jo Tanner, Chief Executive of iNHouse Communications, said:

“Chris and Paul have decades of experience of frontline politics and policy making. Their insights and counsel will be invaluable to our clients, and will help them in shaping not only their political communications narratives, but their business strategies.

“Chris and Paul joining our team is the first part of what is going to be an exciting 12-months for iNHouse, as we expand our London offices and build upon our renowned communications capability and industry-leading London Lounge.”