Giles Wilkes provides advice on UK political and policy matters related to industrial strategy, competition and regulatory concerns. In the two and-a-half years before joining Flint, he was a special adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May covering industrial strategy, consumer and competition policy, energy and transport and general economic issues. Wilkes had played a similar role as special adviser to Vince Cable while he was secretary of state for business, innovation and skills in the coalition government. In between these posts he spent two years writing editorial and the Lex column for the Financial Times. Before moving into policy roles, Wilkes spent 10 years in a variety of roles at IG Group, the spread betting and financial derivatives specialist.