Prime Minister Johnson has appointed a new top advisor. Dan Rosenfield will advise the British Prime Minister as chief of staff from 7 December. Rosenfield is a management consultant and previously worked for the Treasury Department. He follows the controversial Dominic Cummings as head of Johnson’s team of advisors.
Cummings was known as the architect of Johnson’s brexit strategy. He was compromised last fall because he had not complied with the corona measures. Despite the political turmoil, he remained in as a consultant, but earlier this month he announced his departure before Johnson could show him the door.
After Cummings and his lieutenant Lee Cain left, Johnson had to find a new team around him. The choice for Dan Rosenfield is surprising. No one had tipped him off to be the Prime Minister’s chief advisor.
Rosenfield worked in the past as a senior official for the former ministers Darling (Labour) and Osborn (Conservatives) at the Ministry of Finance. In 2011, he left to work as a banker.
Rosenfield played an important role in the financial crisis more than 10 years ago and helped lay the foundations for the aid packages of tens of billions that the government had to release to save several banks. So he has useful experience in crisis management, something Johnson will need.
He is also considered to be much more moderate than Cummings and is in the political centre. Former Justice minister David Gauke, who was expelled from the party by Johnson last year when Gauke did not want to join Johnson’s brexit course, was positive about the appointment.
“He’s smart, kind and effective. I just don’t know if I’m doing him a favor by saying this,” tweeted Gauke.