Sir Craig Oliver has worked at the very top of government and journalism – giving him unique insight into how politics, public relations and media interact.
He was Prime Minister David Cameron’s Director of Politics and Communications, responsible for setting the Government’s strategy, sharpening its message and ensuring it was delivered in a complex media environment following the digital revolution – coined by Oliver as “a 360 degree media world”.
He has a wide range of experience, from helping run a successful General Election campaign, to communicating complex domestic and foreign policy, as well as helping the Government navigate its way through a series of crises.
During the “Brexit” referendum, Oliver acted as the Director of Communications for the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.
Before entering government, he had a successful career in broadcast journalism. Sir Craig Oliver joined the BBC in 2006, where he became editor of BBC One’s Ten O’Clock News. In May 2009 Craig was appointed as the new deputy head of the Corporation’s multimedia newsroom. He was subsequently appointed Controller of English, BBC Global News in April 2010, with responsibility for multi-platform commissioning of all BBC Global News English output. He took up this role after editing the BBC’s 2010 general election coverage. At BBC World, he was part of the team, which oversaw cuts to the Corporation’s World Service.
In October 2016, Craig had his first book published, Unleashing Demons which takes us behind the scenes of the EU referendum in his role as David Cameron’s Director of Politics and Communications.
Sir Craig Oliver received a Knighthood in the 2016 Resignation Honours after David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister in the wake of the European Union membership referendum.
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