Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities, and consultancy. He is editor-at-large of The New European , and chief interviewer for GQ magazine.
He has written sixteen books, including several volumes of diaries of his time in politics, four novels, and Winners and How They Succeed, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport. His latest book, Better To Live, is a personal account of his struggles with depression and will be published in May 2020.
One of the UK’s foremost mental health campaigners, he has made award-winning documentaries on depression and addiction. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several mental health charities including Mind, the official charity partner of Workplace Wellbeing Show. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign headed by Prince William. In November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in campaigning for better services.
Aged 63, he has been with his partner Fiona Millar for forty years, and they have three grown-up children. He is an accomplished bagpiper, a keen triathlete and a fanatical supporter of Burnley FC.