Blair Gibbs joins Public First

Public First is delighted to announce that Blair Gibbs has joined us to lead work on our growing list of clients in North America. Blair joins us as Director after a successful spell in Number 10 as the Prime Minister’s policy adviser on home affairs. Blair has a 15 year track record as one of the UK’s leading policy advisors. Public First is already becoming established in North America and has strong working relationships with leading agencies in the USA and Canada. Blair’s focus will be on expanding this work significantly.

As well as his work for the Prime Minister, Blair has previously advised the Justice Secretary, business leaders and senior police chiefs. He also spent three years as Boris Johnson’s adviser on policing during Boris Johnson’s time as London Mayor.

Before working in Government, Blair’s background was in think tanks. He was the justice research fellow at the think-tank Policy Exchange, and helped establish the Centre for Justice Innovation in 2012 and the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis in 2018. He also sits on the board of the Network for Addiction Policy at Stanford University.

Blair will be based in Vancouver, BC, where his permanent family home is.

He said: “Public First’s proven ability to help clients navigate high stakes public policy challenges is unusual in the UK but it’s also rare internationally. Vancouver is a perfect place to plan our North American expansion. It’s a thriving business centre itself and is well-connected to cities across North America and is also a short flight to the tech hubs of the West Coast. I hope to provide clients with advice and insight on the UK, and on a range of policy challenges from security, trade and technology to borders and migration.”

James Frayne, Founding Partner, said: “We’re really pleased to have won the primary for Blair’s appointment. He could have chosen practically any agency to work at so we’re delighted he chose to work with us. While we don’t under-estimate the challenges of expanding our work into North America – with Covid being just the most obvious challenge – we’re already being welcomed with open arms in Canada and elsewhere and we look forward to more work in the future.”