Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a new chief of staff following the abrupt exit earlier this month of the previous incumbent, Dominic Cummings, who was seen as the driving force behind Johnson's strategy on Brexit and most other policies.
Restore Trust in LeadershipJohnson appointed Dan Rosenfield, a business consultant, and former treasury official, as his new chief of staff on Thursday as he tries to restore trust in his leadership.
Powerful RoleThe chief of staff role is a powerful, non-ministerial role and the appointee is the highest personal aide and advisor to the Prime Minister.
The post holder needs to support the Prime Minister’s authority but negotiate and sometimes conciliate between the cabinet, the government's own backbench, and its party.
Johnson’s decision to hire Rosenfield, a relatively low profile former civil servant marks a change of direction for a prime minister whose inner circle was previously largely made up of alumni from the 2016 Brexit campaign, with Cummings at the fore.
'A Class Act'He previously worked at Bank of America as a managing director and spent over a decade working in the finance ministry where he served as a senior aide to former finance ministers Alistair Darling and George Osborne.
"Dan is a class act and an inspired appointment," said Rupert Harrison, a former aide to Osborne. He described Rosenfield as bright, tough, and politically savvy.
Rosenfield will begin work on Dec. 7 and officially take up his new role on Jan. 1 Downing Street said.
He will take over from Lord Udny-Lister who was appointed to bridge the gap after Cummings' and Cain's departures.