About Us

Geoff Lawler

Geoffrey Lawler

Director - founded the Company in 1991 after experience gained from working at Conservative Central Office for four years including with the Conservative Research Department, and then of working for public relations companies. He served for a term as Member of Parliament for Bradford North.

Geoff also co-founded Democracy International Limited in 1995. The Company assisted with the promotion and development of democratic values and practices in newly emerged democracies. He has personally worked on assignments in many countries including acting as an official election observer for the British Government, the EU and the UN. 

He is an Honorary Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust, and a Member of the Institute of Directors. 

Ed Jacobs

Ed Jacobs

Prior to joining The Public Affairs Company Ed worked for Nick Palmer, then the Labour Member of Parliament for Broxtowe as a constituency assistant for nearly two years. In this role, he had responsibility for organising constituency events, liasing with the media and undertaking casework.

Ed has also worked for a year in the House of Commons office of Gillian Merron when she was MP for Lincoln who was a Government Whip at the time. In this role he provided research support for Ms Merron's Parliamentary activities, supported her work as a Whip and undertook press and case work.

Ed is a Contributing Editor to the fact based, political and policy blog, 'Left Foot Forward', established by Will Straw, son of the former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw. Ed has also stood in a number of local council elections.

Ed holds a BA (Hons) degree in British Politics and Legislative Studies from the University of Hull and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Nottingham.


Josh Aulak

Josh joined PAC after having worked with the influential, right leaning think-tank, Policy Exchange. Here he undertook research, contributed to reports and helped to facilitate events in London and at the 2013 Conservative Party conference.

Josh has also worked in the House of Commons office of Nick Hurd MP, then the Minister for Civil Society and Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. He was responsible for providing briefings and managing correspondence with Government departments. He has also spent time in the Canadian Parliament, working for Member of Parliament for Wellington and Halton Hills Michael Chong.

Josh holds a B.A. in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds.

Katie McLean

Katie comes from having been Senior Assistant for three years to Julian Sturdy, Conservative Member of Parliament for York Outer and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Housing and Planning.

Her role included a variety of responsibilities including compiling reports, organising campaigns and general office management.

Outside of work, Katie has been Deputy Chairman of York Conservatives for the past two years and spends a significant amount of time engaging with the local communities around York. She keeps a keen eye on both local and national political affairs and recently spent time in Scotland during the referendum campaign.

She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and Politics from Glasgow Caledonian University and an MA in Women's Studies from the University of York.

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