Headland has promoted Ben Mascall to become Partner at the firm. The former head of strategic communications at 10 Downing Street joined Headland in 2018 and was recently seconded to the Conservative Party as Co-Director of Communications during the 2019 General Election.

Ben joined Headland after spending most of the previous decade working at the heart of British politics. As well as his role in Number 10, he served as a special adviser in the Department of Transport and the Ministry of Defence. During the 2015 General Election, he was Deputy Director of Communications for the Conservative Party.

Since joining Headland, Ben has provided strategic communications and political and policy advice and insight across the full range of Headland’s client base.

Alongside Ben’s promotion, Headland has made five new hires in recent months including senior consultants James Terry, Jane Glover and Charlotte Wilkins. James is a highly experienced financial services specialist and joins as a Director from Teamspirit where he spent a decade advising brands including Barclays, Zurich, Motive Partners and Shieldpay. Jane joins from financial PR agency Camarco where she was an associate partner and Charlotte from her role as PR Manager at health and life insurance business, Vitality and before that, Teneo.

The new hires follow a period of continued growth at Headland. New appointments in recent months include retained work for the Co-op, Saga and ASOS. Headland’s mandate includes financial and corporate communications advice for all three businesses, as well as public affairs counsel for Saga and the Co-op. Headland’s work for Saga will also include campaigning work on behalf of its travel and insurance businesses.

Chris Salt, CEO of Headland, said: “Ben’s elevation to become a Partner is evidence of his significant contribution to our advisory capability for clients. He has served at the heart of government and on the frontline of the election trail, and offers our clients first class strategy and insight. Headland has continued to hire and invest in our talent and add to our expertise, despite the challenging circumstances faced by everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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