Expert Area: Public Ethics
George developed a practical concept of public ethics while writing columns and leaders for the Daily Telegraph in the wake of the 2008 banking crisis and the MPs’ expenses scandal. Latterly, he served a year as Secretary for Public Affairs to the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, where he led on key interventions in public policy, such as opposition to the proposed sale of state-owned forestry assets and the controversial guest-editorship of the New Statesman (as well as being exposed to the suffocating dangers of institutional bureaucracies).
He co-founded the innovative communications consultancy Luther Pendragon in 1992, which developed the practice of issues management nationally and internationally, grew to be one of Europe’s largest independent practices and was sold to its management in 2005. George is a journalist and commentator by background, having been an award-winning Industrial Editor of The Observer and more recently Religion Editor of the Daily Telegraph. His books include The Death of Spin (2003), an analysis of the dangerous superficiality of communications in business and politics, which has become a staple on academic reading lists.
George Pitcher is also ordained as an Anglican priest in the Church of England and serves his non-stipendiary ministry in the Dioceses of Chichester and London.
George is Chairman of Jericho Chambers.