Experience at the highest levels of business & politics
Throughout my career, I've had the privilege of communicating some of the most consequential moments of the last decade. From royal events and seismic political campaigns, to major IPOs and corporate crises; I have established a successful track record performing in high-stakes, high-pressure environments.
In 2019, I was appointed Director of Communications to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and served as a senior political aide at an historic time. I led the Cabinet Minister's personal media and communications throughout the re-negotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement, the 2019 General Election and the moment of the UK's departure from the EU.
Following a Cabinet reshuffle, I continued as a senior aide to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. I worked closely with the Chief Secretary as the Government formulated and delivered an unprecedented economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to working in Westminster and Whitehall, I co-founded a successful and award-winning PR agency and made a profitable exit from the company following the acquisition of my shareholding. During this time, I was named in PR Week's '30 under 30'.
As a consultant, I've become a trusted adviser to senior politicians, world leaders and high-profile CEOs on reputation management and profile-raising. Operating across multiple strategic communications disciplines, I work with influential organisations and individuals to shape perceptions, enhance reputations and drive change.
I regularly share my commentary on current affairs with global media outlets, including The Times, BBC and Forbes. If you'd like to get in touch, please send an email or DM via Twitter.
Leon Emirali with Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education
Leon Emirali delivering a keynote address
in June 2018
Leon Emirali with Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the Commons
A selection of major organisations and institutions I've worked with :