Michael Ellam

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Michael Ellam

Downing Street Director of Communications
In office
June 2007 – August 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byDavid Hill
Succeeded bySimon Lewis
Personal details
Michael James Ellam

(1968-10-04) October 4, 1968 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (M.A.)
London School of Economics (MSc)
OccupationBanker, economist, civil servant, businessman

Michael James Ellam CB (born 4 October 1968) is a British banker and former civil servant.[1]


Ellam studied economics at the University of Cambridge from 1987 to 1990 and the London School of Economics from 1990 to 1991. A career Civil Servant, he joined HM Treasury in 1993. He held a succession of posts including Private Secretary to Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, Head of Debt and Reserves Management and Director of Policy. He was appointed Director of Communications at 10 Downing Street under Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2009.[2][3][4] In 2009, he returned to HM Treasury as Director General International Finance continuing into the premiership of David Cameron.[5][6]

He was appointed Chairman of the EU Financial Services Committee in 2011.[7] He joined HSBC in 2013 and is currently Co-Head of Public Sector Banking in the Global Banking and Markets Division.[8][9]

He was awarded a Companion of the Order of the Bath by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for services to international finance policy.[10]


  1. ^ "Changes to Government Communications". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Dave vs Gordon: Who are their new spin doctors?". Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: Select Committee on Communications (2009). Government Communications. The Stationery Office. pp. 136–141. ISBN 978-0-10-401418-9.
  4. ^ "Ellam to be Downing St spokesman". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "HM Treasury Appointments". Wired Gov. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  6. ^ Watt, Nicholas. "Brown's spokesman replaced by brother of Telegraph editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  7. ^ "UK's Michael Ellam to Chair EU Financial Services Committee. Bloomberg".
  8. ^ "HSBC hires Treasury official for government relations role". Reuters. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  9. ^ McLaughlin, Martyn. "Martyn McLaughlin: The failure to call HSBC's bluff leaves Treasury on a losing streak". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  10. ^ "London Gazette, 31 December 2013".

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Government offices
Preceded by
David Hill
Downing Street Director of Communications
Succeeded by
Simon Lewis