Tommy Gilchrist

Senior Account Manager

What brought you to JBP?

JBP has an excellent reputation as a public affairs leader in Westminster, working across Whitehall and Parliament to support a range of diverse clients. I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to join their brilliant London office, utilising my relationships with Ministers, MPs, civil servants, and parliamentary staffers to drive forward our clients’ agendas.

After more than seven years working in Westminster for senior Cabinet ministers and newly elected backbenchers, I was keen for a new challenge that would allow me to leverage my political experience. Having worked on two leadership campaigns, three general election campaigns, and the EU Referendum campaign, I provided support and advice to MPs at a strategic level, and had ownership of key policy initiatives.

Tell us about your role

I work across several key accounts, providing strategic advice on political communications and engagement with Whitehall and Westminster. Every day is different, with exciting challenges and opportunities to support clients in delivering on their public affairs campaign agenda. I am in regular contact with MPs and their offices, as well as Ministers and their officials, on behalf of the clients I work with, meeting to discuss their priorities and promoting their work.

I am also very proud to work for an organisation which encourages its LGBTQ+ team members, allowing me to approach prospective clients that work within the queer community space to advance our shared rights; I feel very supported as an out gay man in the workplace.

What is your skillset?

Stakeholder engagement and relationship building; political strategy and communications; targeted campaign planning and delivery.

What do you do in your spare time?

It’s rare for me to have a spare evening with “down time”. I’m usually out networking and building relationships with stakeholders across Westminster and Whitehall, normally but not always over a pint in one of the usual haunts. I’ve recently started jumping onto a Boris Bike and exploring parts of London I’ve not been to in the ten years I’ve lived in the Capital, and am desperately hoping (!) to re-join the gym. I enjoy going to the theatre (recommend standing tickets for Shakespeare at The Globe – £5!) and visiting museums and art galleries, as well as catching a film in the cinema. Although I never say no to an espresso martini, more often nowadays at a weekend you can find me curled up on the sofa with my boyfriend and a good book.