Connect, a leading independent public affairs agency, provides the Secretariat for The LIFT Council.

You can read more about the Account Team below.

Paul Church – Associate Director

Paul Church has over a decade of experience in politics, public affairs and communications, with a track record of creating award-winning, issues-led campaigns, designing and implementing successful strategies and providing senior counsel to organisations to meet their policy objectives, raise profiles and bring about positive change. He leads Connect’s team focussed upon education, health, public services, skills and the third sector, advising organisations such as: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Childcare & Early Education, Google, University of the Arts London, Urban Transport Group and The LIFT Council.


Mike Indian, Connect

Mike Indian – Senior Account Manager

Mike Indian has a decade’s experience of working in political consultancy and monitoring, including following the work of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. He has worked on behalf a wide range client from NHS England to big pharmaceutical firms to advising health and safety professionals. Away from Westminster, Mike has been a support worker with disabled students and is an MHFA England-accredited Mental Health First Aider. Mike is the point of contact for media enquiries about The LIFT Council on 07859 926324.


Fiona Gardner – Conference and Events Manager

With a wealth of experience of project managing the day-to-day logistics of large conferences, Fiona ensures that client events run smoothly – to time and to budget. She also oversees the majority of our clients’ events at the annual political party conferences. Fiona serves as the Clerk of The LIFT Council.



Gregor Dron – Senior Account Executive

Gregor provides political intelligence and strategic communications to a range of clients, with a particular focus on the health and infrastructure sectors. He is engaged across a range of policy areas, working with trade unions, international corporates, and third-sector organisations on political engagement and advocacy. Prior to joining Connect, Gregor worked for senior Parliamentarians at both the devolved and national level and freelance at the BBC.