Central Lobby Consultants Ltd (CLC) is an independent parliamentary and public affairs consultancy. We have over 20 years' experience working within Westminster, Whitehall, Europe and the devolved bodies.


Helen Donoghue (Managing Director)

Helen founded CLC in 1984. She is responsible for the overall management of the company and oversees all client accounts, both UK and European. She has over twenty years' experience of advising clients on the development and implementation of political strategies and managing pan-European lobbying campaigns. Helen is member of several committees and trade bodies. She is also Director of the Charity Tax Group.

Frank Cranmer (Director)

Frank joined CLC in 2006 after a career in the House of Commons where, for his last five years, he was Clerk of Bills. He specialises in legislation, parliamentary procedure, charity law and secular law as it relates to religion. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Law & religion at Cardiff Law School, where he teaches on the LLM in Canon Law, and a Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham. He also co-edits Law & Religion UK.

Patricia Constant

Before joining CLC in June 2005, Patricia worked for 21 years in the House of Commons on both the Conservative and Labour sides of the House, 11 years of which were spent working for a Minister. Since joining CLC, Patricia has been responsible for providing the Secretariat for 3 All-Party Parliamentary Groups and developing lobbying strategies for a range of charities and private sector clients.

Filomena Furtado

Filomena has been CLC's Office Administrator since 2014. Previously she worked for two years at the Commonwealth Business Council, in various roles relating to research, corporate membership and events administration. She holds a masters degree in Journalism from City University and in her spare time she supports a charity in Camden that promotes active children and integrated local communities.

Mike Hale (Director)

Mike specialises in providing analysis of environmental and technical legislative developments and developing lobbying strategies on these issues for a range of clients. He is an industry representative on a number of environmental and waste management bodies including the European Commission's Advisory Group on the IPPC Directive and the UN's Environment Programme. Mike is a member of the Technical Working Groups for the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference documents (or BREFs) for: Waste Incineration; Waste Treatment; Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide; and Large Combustion Plants.

Nick Kenchington

Nick joins CLC after a number of years spent working for the Church of England - both at home (Sheffield) and abroad (Brussels). In Brussels, he spent a year working as assistant to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the European Union and developed a keen interest in the way UK and EU policies relate to one another. He focuses primarily on monitoring UK policy and how it affects the running of churches and charitable groups across the country. Nick has a first class undergraduate degree from the University of Exeter, in Economics and Politics.

Chris Lane (Director)

Chris is responsible for policy and campaigning work for a range of clients, with a particular focus on the charity sector. He attends a number of relevant stakeholder meetings and is often asked to give policy updates to a range of external audiences. Chris is a trustee of the charity Working with Men and provides specific support on charity governance issues and policy engagement, including through the APPG on Fatherhood. Chris read Law at Durham University and has also completed the MSc in Government, Policy and Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Benedicte Petit

Benedicte joined CLC in September 2015, having previously worked in Brussels, including an internship as assistant to an MEP at the European Parliament. She specialises in EU legislation and decision-making and focuses on EU policy aspects affecting our clients. Benedicte holds a Master in Services and Public Policies from the University of Rouen (France) and a Master in European and International Law from the University of Southampton (England). She speaks French and English. She primarily works on environment and taxation policies and has a personal interest in European politics.

David Walburn (Associate)

David was Chief Executive of Greater London Enterprise (GLE) for ten years until 2002 and was a member of CLC's board until March 2014. GLE is a major economic development business specialising in the delivery of accommodation and financial services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). David is now a Visiting Professor at London South Bank University where he is Director of the Local Economy Policy Unit.