Dan Rosenfield

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Person.png Dan Rosenfield  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(civil servant, spook)
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BornMay 1977
Manchester
NationalityUK
Alma materManchester Grammar School, University College London
ReligionJewish
SpouseJessica Brummer
Spooky Downing Street Chief of Staff under Boris Johnson, with strong Israeli ties.

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In office
1 January 2021 - Present
Appointed byBoris Johnson

Daniel Robert Rosenfield is a British political adviser and civil servant who has served as the Downing Street Chief of Staff since 1 January 2021, succeeding Edward Lister.[1][2]

Between July 2007 and April 2011, he served as the principal private secretary to chancellors Alistair Darling and George Osborne,[3] before moving to Bank of America Merrill Lynch and then the private intelligence firm Hakluyt & Company Ltd in 2016.

Early life and education

Rosenfield was born in Manchester in 1977,[4][2] and attended Manchester Grammar School from 1988 to 1995,[5] where he studied maths, French and German at A-level.[6] After school, he spent a year in Israel on a kibbutz.[7] Rosenfield's family later moved to London, where they were members of the North Western Reform Synagogue.

He later attended University College London, where he read modern European studies from 1996 to 2000, specialising in German and philosophy.[4]

Rosenfield is married to Jessica Brummer and has three children - Rafi, Natasha and Benjamin.[4] His father-in-law is Alex Brummer, a journalist for the Daily Mail.[4] He is Jewish,[4] and has described Judaism as being "central to his life".[6]

Career

Rosenfield worked at HM Treasury from 2000 to 2011.[8][5] In 2005 he was partly responsible for creating a budget for the 2012 London Olympics, after it was announced that London had won the bid.[9] From July 2007 to April 2011 he worked as principal private secretary to Chancellors Alistair Darling and George Osborne during the financial crisis and its aftermath.[3][5]

He then worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a managing director in investment banking from June 2011 to March 2016.

In April 2016 he became a partner at Hakluyt & Company, a private intelligence company.[2][8]

Downing Street Chief of Staff

On 26 November 2020, Downing Street announced that Rosenfield had been appointed as the Downing Street Chief of Staff, and that he would formally take office on 1 January 2021.[2] This followed the fallout caused by the resignations of key Boris Johnson advisers Lee Cain and Dominic Cummings, and the appointment of Edward Lister as the acting chief of staff. Although Johnson had not formally appointed a chief of staff since he became prime minister in July 2019, Cummings was noted to be the de facto chief of staff until his departure.[10][11]

Other roles

Prior to taking up his Downing Street appointment Rosenfield had from October 2016 been Chair of Trustees of World Jewish Relief, having served as a trustee since 2013.[12][3][13] Rosenfield stepped down as Chair in January 2021 and was succeeded by Maurice Helfgott.[14]



References

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