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At the time of writing, the Doncaster Chamber website hosts a presentation by Andy Taylor, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Public Affairs since May 2013. His LinkedIn profile states that his approach is “simply to engage in reasonable conversation”, but judging by the content of his Doncaster presentation, it might be better described as ‘mislead and obfuscate’.
[Andy Taylor, LinkedIn]
I have a strong record of leading successful campaigns and setting up new public affairs teams and functions as a senior leader within high profile organisations.
My particular skill is putting strong political analysis to practical use with effective and engaging campaigns. My approach is simply to engage in reasonable conversation, building coalitions of support and resolving barriers and opposition to meet my company’s objectives.
I am experienced and adept at communicating with different audiences through a range of channels – from community meetings to social media – postcard campaigns to briefings around the Cabinet table – debates in Westminster to mobilising grassroots supporters across the country.
I have driven and influenced major legislative change, secured overwhelming majorities, and marked shifts in business and public opinion. My work has made significant impacts on reputation and on the bottom line, and left each organisation I’ve worked for in a stronger and more engaged position.
I have a motivating leadership style, clearly focused on successful campaigns which not only satisfy short term objectives, but contribute to the wider mission and reputation of the organisation I am working for. I have the gravitas and clarity of purpose to build confidence at Board level to pursue bold and decisive strategies, and demonstrate a continuous approach to building and sustaining support, in complex, often controversial and highly accountable environments.
I have experience of building strong motivated teams, both from scratch in a new organisation, and turning around a failing function in another. From motivating experienced professionals to widen their expertise and take on responsibility to developing people very early on, I am committed to helping individuals and teams achieve great successes and build fulfilling careers.
Mr Taylor’s Doncaster presentation contradicts some of HS2 Ltd’s other, equally dubious, “information”. Compare, for example, his claim that HS2 would “Almost double the number of trains per hour on the West Coast Mainline from 16 – 30″ with Prof Andrew McNaughton’s illustration of post-HS2 service.