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Edward Llewellyn

Department: Office of David Cameron MP

Position: Chief of Staff to David Cameron

Last Updated: Saturday, July 24th, 2010

With Catherine Fall, his deputy, he oversees the Conservative Leader’s private office, advising on staff recruitment, gate-keeping of the diary and acting as the principal point of contact in the office for the shadow cabinet. One of the key members of the Conservative machine, he also provides general advice, including on foreign affairs. One shadow cabinet minister commented: “Under Ed the Conservative leader’s office runs more smoothly than at any time since 1997.” Although they attended the same school and university, Oxford, Llewellyn first came to properly know David Cameron when they (and Steve Hilton) were in the Conservative Research Department (CRD) together at the start of the 1990s. Llewellyn headed the small team covering foreign affairs. He also worked for Lady Thatcher, on loan from CRD, during the initial period after she left office in November 1990. Llewellyn left CRD after the General Election in 1992, during which time he accompanied John Major on the campaign trail as the CRD member of his briefing team. He served for five years in Hong Kong as personal adviser to Governor Chris Patten until the 1997 handover to China. He then spent two years in Bosnia, working for the senior US official in the team implementing the Dayton Peace Accords, before working again with Chris Patten, from September 1999 to September 2002, in the latter’s then capacity as European Union Commissioner. From September 2002 to November 2005 he returned to Sarajevo as Chief of Staff to the new High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paddy Ashdown. In 2006, he received an OBE for his work in Bosnia.

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