Ed Dorrell joins Public First

Public First is delighted to announce the hiring of Ed Dorrell as a Director.

Ed is one of the most experienced and respected education journalists in Britain. He has been deputy editor of the Times Educational Supplement (TES) for seven years, a role he combined with being comment editor. Before that he was news editor for five years. He is known for his sharp policy analysis, his wide ranging network in the sector and the media, and his skill at writing and shaping news and opinion from leading politicians, chief executives, high profile individuals, and large and small organisations.

At Public First, Ed will provide senior insight and counsel across policy and campaigns for a number of Public First’s largest clients. He will advise on media relations, policy development, preparing for high stakes interviews and events, and the drafting of publications. He will have a particular focus on education – adding gravitas and experience to a senior team that has between them directly advised or worked for the last 4 Prime Ministers and 7 Education Secretaries.

Ed Dorrell said “I am terrifically excited to be joining Public First. There is absolutely no one else for whom I would have left the TES and journalism. Public First is the most interesting firm of its kind in London, working with some of the most interesting clients, in education and beyond, and I am delighted to add my deep understanding of media and policy to their already incredibly strong team. In this fractured and confused world, there has never been a more pressing case for the kind of media and policy advice and insight that Public First can provide.”

Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner of Public First, said “I am absolutely delighted that Ed is joining the senior team at Public First. Ever since we founded the company, he has been top of the list of people we hoped to hire. He is going to take our strategy, our policy, and our campaigning from strength to strength”.