- Paddy founded The Policy Partnership in 1993. He started his business career with Hanson plc and was seconded from there to the Home Office to advise the Rt. Hon Douglas Hurd CBE, then Home Secretary. He returned to Hanson as manager of their public affairs unit before joining one of the UK's leading firms of lobbyists.
- Over the years, Paddy has acted as a consultant to leading companies in the UK and US, such as UPS, BT and Prudential. Paddy has worked for companies in emerging markets such as Interros, Sistema and Yukos, and advised governments around the world.
- He is a non-executive Director of Polyus Gold, an international gold mining company and sits on the advisory boards of Cedar Partners, a 'fund of funds', and AGM Transitions, specialists in advising business leaders on how to manage their careers.
- Paddy is active within the Conservative Party and a former councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. He also sits on the Board of Governors of The Knightsbridge School in London.
- He is the non-executive Chairman of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, Europe's leading bridge & large steel construction company and chairs the transport committee of the London Chamber of Commerce.
The Guardian reports:
- Lord 'Paddy' Gillford (45) - Old Etonian lobbyist and field sports enthusiast. Son of Earl Clanwilliam. Threw £3,500 conference party for Cameron last year(2005).
In March 2011, Private Eye reported that Gillford had defended the Bahraini government's response to demonstrations in an interview on al-Jazeera:
- He was coyly introduced as a “member of the British House of Lords” who “also advises the UK Bahrain All-Party Parliamentary Group”. In fact this peer doesn’t actually sit in the Lords. But could he be related to the Paddy Clanwilliam who founded Gardant Communications, a consultancy and lobbying firm which works directly for the Bahraini embassy (see Eye 1283)? Why yes he could!
- UK gutter Press versus the truth!, Lord Clanwilliam, Gulf Daily News, 14 June 2011.