Chris Blackhurst

Senior Consultant

Chris is well-known as an award-winning journalist and columnist. Previously, he was Editor of The Independent and, for ten years, City Editor of the Evening Standard. He became Group Editorial Director overseeing their digital and social media strategies and content, as well as in print.

He’s worked at Westminster, reporting on politics and public affairs, and headed investigations. He’s gained first-hand knowledge of senior politicians across the political spectrum and officials, and how they work. He was Deputy Editor of Insight for The Sunday Times.

Chris is a regular commentator on TV and radio, having appeared across the spectrum of news and discussion programmes – from Radio 4 Today to Radio 2, BBC2’s Newsnight to breakfast shows. He has written for many of the world’s leading publications and has an extensive network of international media contacts.

For more than four years until August 2020, Chris was a director of CT Partners, the international strategic communications, campaigning, and advisory firm. He led on some of the consultancy’s most challenging assignments, advising multi-nationals, major UK corporates, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations. He ran infrastructure campaigns, overcoming initial opposition to substantial developments and winning critics round.

He is an excellent communicator, specialising in presenting and delivering high-quality content.

Chris is an expert in influencing media, political and public perceptions to improve the policy and reputational landscape for his clients. He specialises in providing high-level, discreet advice to senior management and their teams. He is ranked in the Top Ten in the UK for crisis and reputation communications advice by PR Week.

He has written two books, both published by Macmillan: ‘Too Big To Jail – HSBC and the Banking Scandal of the Century’ and ‘The World’s Biggest Cash Machine – Manchester United, the Glazers, and the Struggle for Football’s Soul’.

He has sat on several arts and charity boards.

Chris studied Law at Cambridge University.

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