Charles Lewington founded Hanover in 1998 on the back of a high-profile career in Downing Street and political journalism. Having held senior management positions on a number of national newspapers, including the Sunday and Daily Express, he served as communications director and press secretary to John Major in the 1990s (and thus can justifiably claim to be adept at crisis and issues management). Suave and personable with highly tuned political antennae and an enviable contacts book, Lewington provides strategic counsel to CEOs and senior communications executives at many of Hanover’s corporate and public affairs clients, including Microsoft, Sky, Tata Steel, Airbus and Goldman Sachs. He has particular expertise in integrated media and political campaigns, and litigation support. Under his direction, Hanover Group has grown to a team of 150 consultants across London, Brussels, Dublin and the Middle East. Hanover was named Global Agency of the Decade in 2020.