Two new appointments at Stratagem17 September 2013
Tristen Kelso has been appointed as Public Affairs Consultant at Stratagem while Andrew McDowell has been appointed as Public Affairs Analyst.
Tristen joined the Stratagem team in June 2013 from the Integrated Educated Fund where, as Public Affairs Manager he was responsible for developing and implementing an effective public affairs strategy for the organisation.
In addition to mapping out the organisation’s Strategic Political Advocacy Campaign, Tristen established productive relationships with key decision makers and opinion formers within political parties, the Executive and many others, including the European Commission.
As Policy Officer for the Ulster Farmer’s Union from 2005 to May 2007, Tristen co-ordinated policy development on behalf of UFU members through supporting the Central Policy Committees, this involved lobbying senior Government Ministers, MLAs and public officials as well as responding to consultations and developing policy positions. Media duties included drafting press releases and conducting interviews as a spokesperson for the organisations particularly on the area of rural development and renewable energy.
As Political Advisor to Jim Allister MEP, Tristen managed the MEP’s Northern Ireland office, engaging with government officials on matters of policy at Regional, National and European level on of a range of local issues including business, nitrates directive, farmers and energy interests including energy from waste. As well as inputting into EU policy and legislation, Tristen was responsible for all aspects of media engagement and manifesto development and attended meetings with Executive Ministers.
Tristen’s detailed knowledge of regional politics and the media was further enhanced by his time as NI Correspondent of the Irish Farmers’ Journal. As well as monitoring the work of the Assembly in relation to agricultural policy, Tristen interviewed ministers and liaised with Departmental and Assembly Press Offices as well as working closely with the Northern Ireland Editor in obtaining front page exclusive stories.
Tristen is currently working with a number of health clients at Stratagem.
Andrew McDowell has also been appointed as Public Affairs Analyst in Stratagem in Belfast.
Andrew initially undertook a four month internship with Stratagem in October 2011 before returning to join the team as a Public Affairs Analyst in November 2012.
In his role as Public Affairs Analyst, Andrew is responsible for monitoring the Northern Ireland Assembly, political parties, government departments and the media for a range of clients. Andrew also assists the team on various research projects including the MLA Research Panel and is responsible for various weekly and monthly political updates. Andrew also contributes to the updating of Stratagem's standing information and the Stratagem website.
Prior to joining Stratagem, Andrew graduated from the University of Glasgow with an M.A. (Hons) in Politics in 2011 where he focused on anti-political establishment parties and political communications. During his time at university, Andrew undertook an internship with Jim Shannon MP as a parliamentary aide, where his work included drafting speeches for Assembly and Westminster parliamentary sessions, drafting press releases and Assembly Questions.
Andrew has represented the United Kingdom at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy’s Europe meets China forum and at university, Andrew was highly involved in the Glasgow University Conservative Association.