Former L&G director quits Theresa May’s policy team

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Former Legal and General corporate affairs director John Godfrey has left his role as head of Downing Street’s policy unit less than a year after joining.

Godfrey took up the reported £130,000 role in Theresa May’s special adviser team last July, after serving as group communications director for L&G and then corporate affairs director since 2012.

He also held a spot on a panel designed to ensure oversight of the Money Advice Service.

The former Lehman Brothers and Daiwa Capital markets man has now decided to seek “other opportunities”, according to reports.

Godfrey, who had spent nine years at L&G, marks the latest departure from Theresa May’s top adviser team.

Of the six-strong July 2016 cohort she first took on, five have left, some after the election result (joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill) and some when the election campaign started (communications advisers Katie Perrior and Lizzie Loudon.)

The policy unit itself has also suffered losses, including the deputy to Godfrey, Will Tanner, and energy policy adviser Georgia Berry.