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Jimmy McLoughlin OBE

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Jimmy McLoughlin is a British political figure who served as Special Adviser to the UK Prime Minister on business, with a focus on technology and entrepreneurship. McLoughlin was appointed to this role in August 2016, following his work on Theresa May's campaign to become UK Prime Minister. The Times described him as Theresa May's 'first eye-catching non-ministerial business appointment—a 29-year-old policy wonk with a lexicon of crowdfunding and the sharing economy, a flagwaver for Generation[1]'.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Jimmy McLoughlin is the son of Lord Patrick McLoughlin, a former chairman of the Conservative Party and a former transport secretary. Patrick McLoughlin was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2016. Jimmy McLoughlin studied Political Science at the University of Birmingham and studied entrepreneurship on the Ignite course at Stanford University.


Before joining the UK government, Jimmy McLoughlin worked as the Head of External Affairs at the Institute of Directors for two years until June 2016. Prior to that, he worked on Boris Johnson's 2008 London mayoral election campaign.

As a writer, McLoughlin has contributed articles to several publications, including The Times, Daily Mail, and City AM. He now hosts the podcast[2] Jimmy's Jobs of the Future, which has featured guests such as Rishi Sunak, Andrew Bailey, Michelle Donelan, and Ben Francis.

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister[edit]

In his role as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, McLoughlin focused on technology and entrepreneurship. During his tenure, he worked on policies related to digital infrastructure, the sharing economy, and the development of tech hubs in the UK. He was involved in the creation of the Digital Economy Council, which brought together representatives from the technology industry and the UK government.


McLoughlin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Personal Life[edit]

McLoughlin is married and has two daughters.


  1. "May's new boy breaks mould as voice of business".
  2. Bullock, Caroline. "Former No 10 adviser finds there's money where his mouth is".

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