Posted June 2, 2020
After spells as a Member of Parliament and Downing Street Chief of Staff, Gavin Barwell has joined engineering consultancy Arcadis as a Non-Executive Advisor. Earlier in 2020, Barwell, who was handed a life peerage in 2019, also became a Strategic Advisor at Big Four firm PwC.
Following a seven-year spell as a Conservative MP, Gavin Barwell was appointed as 10 Downing Street’s Chief of Staff, by then-Prime Minister Theresa May. Barwell left office along with May in 2019, but was nominated for a life peerage in her Resignation Honours List in September that year.
Having become a Lord at the end of the year, Barwell has since formed his own consultancy, while taking on a number of other advisory roles in the lucrative sector. In January, he joined PwC as a Strategic Advisor, a role in which he has since worked to provide insight on geopolitical and macroeconomic trends. Now, the Tory peer has been handed another engagement, this time with engineering consultancy Arcadis.
Arcadis UK and Ireland CEO Mark Cowlard said of the news, “This is an incredibly challenging time for everyone regardless of industry, sector or geographical location. Arcadis is ready to play our part wherever we can in the immediate response and the recovery that follows, and Gavin’s appointment will help us do just that.”
A statement from the consultancy confirmed the former Housing Minister has been hired to provide strategic advice on construction, housing, place-making and urban regeneration. Arcadis added that he will help the firm to focus on its emerging work in the residential sector.
Barwell’s role as Non-Executive Director with Arcadis will run alongside his previous commitments. These include work with PwC and being a Non-Executive Director of the Clarion Housing Group – all of which he has had to notify the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) of.
ACOBA is a non-departmental public body in the UK, which was set up in 1975 to provide advice on applications from the most senior Crown servants who wish to take up outside appointments after they leave Crown service.