Stuart is a public affairs and communications specialist advising clients on all elements of their public affairs strategies including political and corporate communications and reputation management.
His work also includes consultation and planning communications and he has advised on a number of high profile media relations and crisis communications programmes.
Stuart is an honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and is the author of several books including ‘New Activism and the Corporate Response‘ (heralded as a book that “every aspiring business leader should read” by MIS Asia), ‘Public Affairs in Practice’ and ‘The Dictionary of Labour Quotations‘. His most recently published book, ‘Public Affairs: A Global Perspective’ has been called ‘an absolute treasure-trove’ and is a recommended read by the Government Communication Service (GCS).
Stuart regularly writes and lectures on a range of business and political issues and as well as blogging for BDB he contributes to the Huffington Post and has written for the CBI, (former) UKTI, Total Politics and LabourList. He is also an adviser to the Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) and a regular speaker and chair at conferences.
He has appeared on Sky News, BBC 5 Live, BBC World, the Today programme and on Ukrainian TV and has been a judge for the Public Affairs News, PR Week, Public Affairs and the European Public Affairs awards.
Reading Stuart’s posts reminds me how effective his advice is – politically astute, insightful, and just what this D-G found useful. It’s always a recommended read.
Neil Scales, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government
Stuart’s briefing is great window for us into what the public affairs profession are thinking and how to analyse events from a comms perspective. It’s well worth reading for a steer on what the most important topics are going to be when it comes to political engagement.
Adam Drummond, Senior Research Manager, Opinium Research
In my position I need to have my finger on the pulse of politics, both the official lines and the political gossip. Stuart Thomson’s blog gives me exactly what I need – the right mix of news and analysis on the important issues of the day.
Kirsty McHugh, CEO, Employment Related Services Association
Easily understandable and practically useful, Stuart’s regular blogs provide timely, informed insight into the public affairs agenda.
Ian Hall, PR Week and Public Affairs News
I encourage anyone in public affairs and communications to read Stuart’s blog. It gets to the heart of the challenges we face and delivers practical solutions. It is a must-read.
Richard Messingham, Head of Communications (Digital Railway), Network Rail