A former Conservative Party communications chief, Carrie Symonds is now Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife after the couple held a secret wedding at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.
Mrs. Symonds She first made headlines when they were romantically linked Mr. Johnsonand has recently been in the spotlight after the birth of their little boy and rumors of her influence in number 10.
April 29th last year Mrs. Symonds gave birth to their first child, Wilfredin the same month Mr Johnson was hospitalized with coronavirus.
Later in 2020 they made their first joint television appearance Mr. Johnson Thanking NHS staff for hospitalizing him and giving birth to their baby.
In 2021 Mrs. Symonds has been appointed head of communications for the Aspinall Foundation animal welfare group, which is under investigation by the Charity Commission for “serious concerns” about its “governance and financial management.”
The government watchdog said it began investigating the foundation in July 2020 in connection with claims for “unauthorized fiduciary services” but added that the launch was “not a finding of wrongdoing”.
A spokesman for the charity, which has launched its own internal review led by independent specialists, said it was “firmly committed to its ethical and legal obligations as a nonprofit”.
Ms. Symonds collided with that too Dominic Cummings, former top aide to the Prime Ministerwho claimed she had distracted Mr. Johnson from the pandemic by making “crackers” in the press about “trivial” stories about her.
Mr. Cummings also accused her of trying to change dates and get jobs with her friends, confirming that his resignation was “definitely linked to it”.
Tory Think Tank The Bow Group has also said an investigation should look into Ms. Symonds’ “potential impact” on government attitudes and appointments.
This came after two of her allies, Baroness Finn and Henry Newman, were appointed key advisors in No. 10.
The PR expert had been in what was known as the Westminster Bubble for most of her remarkably up-and-coming career, a high point she was named head of the party presidency at just 29.
In 2018, she was listed in the top 10 political communications by PR Week – second only to Robbie Gibb, chief executive of No. 10.
Prior to this role, Ms. Symonds was a special advisor to Sajid Javid during his tenure as community secretary after a similar time as John Whittingdale’s “Spad” (special advisor) during his time at the head of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
She also worked on Zac Goldsmith’s failed offer to succeed Mr Johnson as Mayor of London.
Ms. Symonds joined the Tory Party’s media machine in 2009, first as a press advisor, then as a broadcaster at the headquarters of the Conservative campaign ahead of the 2015 general election.
Her association with Mr Johnson dates back to the early years after working on his successful 2012 town hall re-election bid.
Prior to her political PR, Ms. Symonds held various jobs in the world of commercial communications and marketing.
Ms. Symond’s acquaintance with the media and national discourse has a family connection.
She is the daughter of Matthew Symonds, a co-founder of The Independent, and Josephine Mcaffee, who was one of the paper’s lawyers.
Ms. Symonds graduated from the University of Warwick in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in theater and art history.