Simon Lewis (public relations officer)

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Simon Lewis OBE
Downing Street Director of Communications
In office
16 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Michael Ellam
Succeeded by Andy Coulson
Personal details
Born Simon Lewis
(1959-05-06) 6 May 1959 (age 57)
Occupation Communications advisor, chief executive

Simon Lewis OBE (born 8 May 1959)[1] is the chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. He was formerly Director of Communications for the former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He previously held this position for the Queen, Vodafone, and Centrica. He attended Whitefield School before studying PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Lewis was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission.[2]

His brother is former Telegraph editor-in-chief, Will Lewis.

Career history[edit]

Lewis has held down a number of positions.[3]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014. Mr Simon Lewis, Group Director, Corporate Affairs, Vodafone plc, 2004–09; Communications Secretary to the Queen, 1998–2000, 54 
  2. ^ "New Year's Honours lists 2014". Official website of the UK Government. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Andrew (29 June 2009). "Simon says". Communicate Magazine. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Senior management team, Chief Executive, Simon Lewis OBE". Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME). Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Treanor, Jill (16 September 2010). "Simon Lewis goes from PM's spokesman to banking lobbyist". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Vodafone comms chief Simon Lewis gets nod from Number 10". PR Week. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Watt, Nicholas (16 June 2009). "Simon Lewis reinvented the royals - now he's working on Gordon Brown". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Ellam
Downing Street Director of Communications
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
Andy Coulson