What Chris Fox did next

It’s four months since we reported the departure of party chief executive Chris Fox, who did such a good job of filling the big shoes of his predecessor, Chris Rennard.

Apparently, though, there is life beyond the Lib Dems — as PR Week reports:

Chris Fox today started in his newly created post of director of group comms at London-listed GKN, which employs around 40,000 people in 30 countries. … In an internal email to Liberal Democrat colleagues, Fox said there had ‘been few dull moments’ during his three-year spell with the party, adding: ‘I am looking forward to getting back into engineering and working for one of the great businesses based in the UK.’

Fox told PRWeek that the creation of the post would help to spread the group’s message. He said: ‘I have had a long career in engineering and manufacturing business and GKN is up there with the best – it’s got a fantastic history and great future.’ Fox had previously been director of corporate relations for Tate & Lyle and director of group comms at technology firm Smiths Group.

There’s been no shortage of advice on offer to Chris’s successor, Tim Gordon:

  • 394 party members made suggestions for his top priorities via Lib Dem Voice’s most recent survey,
  • while my Co-Editor Mark Pack identified here his top four priorities for Tim to focus on.
  • So all together now, let’s call encouragingly: “Come on, Tim!”

    * Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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