It’s our people that make us stand out
From the beginning, Portland set itself the goal of bringing together the very best in the fields of politics, the media, government and consultancy.
We understand integration is the key to succeed and have recruited the most talented specialists from the consultancy and advisory world, and multi-lingual executives from the most prestigious institutions worldwide, to bring in a new layer of professionals.
Alongside our research, creative, digital designers, strategists, content and brand experts, we are confident that at Portland we are best placed to help clients achieve their objectives.
Our clients also benefit from the insight and experience of our Advisory Council who work with our senior management team — overseeing all aspects of our strategy and challenging us to ensure that we provide the best possible service to our clients, now and in the future.Interested in Joining Us?
Rooney Anand is Executive Chairman of Oaktree Capital backed RedCat Pub Company Limited; he is also Chairman of private equity backed businesses Away Resorts and Purity Soft Drinks.
He serves as Senior Independent Director for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and is Chairman of WorldSkills UK, the skills and apprenticeship Government backed charitable foundation.
Rooney was a board director at Greene King plc from August 2001 to May 2019. Initially, Managing Director of the company’s brewing division, he was appointed Chief Executive in May 2005 stepping down in May 2019. Prior to joining Greene King, Rooney built a career in consumer goods at Sara Lee Bakery UK (the bakery subsidiary of the US-owned Sara Lee Corporation) and before that with United Biscuits Plc, at both McVitie’s biscuits and Terry’s confectionery in various marketing and general management roles.
Alastair, who was Tony Blair’s long-time Press Secretary and senior advisor, is one of the country’s foremost experts on leadership, communications and strategy.
A leading national newspaper journalist before he joined Mr Blair’s team on his election as Labour leader in 1994, he remained at his side for almost a decade.
He is credited with helping create New Labour and delivering two landslide election victories.
As the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary and later Director of Communications and Strategy, he was responsible for modernising the Government’s communications structures and approach.
He was involved in every area of policy, travelled extensively with Mr Blair and established close relations with many world leaders.
Since leaving Government, he has forged a successful career as an author, broadcaster, public speaker and advisor to senior business figures on leadership and strategy.
His accounts of his period with Mr Blair, recorded in his diaries, have been both best-sellers and critically acclaimed.
He has also found time to raise money and awareness for leukaemia and mental health charities as well as the Labour Party.
A passionate supporter of Burnley F.C., Alastair has advised athletes, sports organisations and clubs around the world on their communications strategies and reputation management.
Alastair joined Portland in May 2012 in a senior part-time role.
David Davies has worked at the very top level of Sport and Media Communications for a generation. As a BBC Television Correspondent/Presenter for more than 20 years, uniquely he reported on General Elections and World Cups.
As Executive Director of The Football Association, he worked closely with four England football managers over thirteen often turbulent years. Since 2006, he has been employed at home and abroad at senior levels in industry as well as sport in the Middle East, North America and Africa. He believes passionately in sport as a power for good at all levels of society. During his time at The FA, he was a founder member of football’s anti -racism “Kick It Out” campaign.
David Davies, on behalf of football, was one of a small group of sports leaders who launched London’s Bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
William Gaillard was Senior Advisor to the President of UEFA, Michel Platini, from 2009 to 2015, having previously acted as Director of Communications and Public Affairs from 2003. During his tenure, he oversaw all external communications and media activities and managed a variety of political issues. At UEFA, William headed social responsibility initiatives and efforts towards the eradication of racism and all discriminations in football.
William Gaillard brings over 20 years of experience in the sports sector across Europe, The Middle East and the United States. He joins Portland from Burson Cohn and Wolfe Brussels where he advised clients on all aspects of sports strategic communications. He was also Senior Advisor to the President of The International Centre for Sport Security (Doha) until 2016.
William is currently on the Executive Board of FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) and the Advisory Board of Supporters Direct Europe. He started his career as a university professor in the United States and went on to occupy a number of top management positions in public affairs, external relations and communications at the European Commission, the United Nations and the International Air Transport Association where he founded and led on crisis communications.
Katie Lam advises global corporations, business organisations, charities and individuals, applying her commercial and political experience to help clients understand and successfully navigate the complex world of government and public policy.
Between 2019 and 2021, Katie worked as a Special Adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street. First joining the Business Team, which engages with UK business leaders and champions UK commerce on behalf of the Prime Minister, Katie then temporarily left this role to work on the successful 2019 Conservative General Election campaign. She later returned to lead the Business Team through the first six months of the Coronavirus crisis, before assuming the position of Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
Before her time in government, Katie was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. She is also an award-winning scriptwriter and lyricist, as well as a governor at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children and a Trustee of the Ivors Academy Trust, the songwriters’ and composers’ charity.
Senior Political Advisor, Paris
A life-long diplomat, Bernard was for eleven years the President of the SACEM Board of Directors (music authors, composers and publishers’ guild), an important player in France’s creative sector. He was instrumental in piloting the organisation into the digital age, as well as in developing external partnerships, notably in the United States.
Bernard has an impressive track record in international affairs having served as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in charge of peace-keeping operations, and French Ambassador to several international organisations in Geneva and Vienna, including the GATT and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
He was also head of Cabinet for the Minister of Communications in the government of Pierre Mauroy, and later became adviser to the President of Schlumberger during the creation of the first private mainstream television channel in France, “La Cinq”.
David is a leader and expert in reputation management and communications.
Prior to joining Portland, he was UK & Ireland Communications Director, member of the UK Leadership Team and LGBTQ+ lead at Tesco. There he helped steer the UK’s largest supermarket through the second half of its turnaround and the pandemic. He was responsible for significant community programmes and charity partnerships; change management; internal communications; addressing countless issues and using proactive and reactive comms to demonstrate business purpose and build trust, inside and outside company.
Before Tesco, he was Group Head of Communications at Monarch Airlines, leading all aspects of internal and external communications and ultimately handling the airline’s move into administration. He has previously worked as a Director at freuds and Burson-Marsteller (prior to becoming BCW).