Grender and Mendelsohn among PR industry names awarded peerages

The latest crop of Lords appointments includes a founder of defunct lobbying agency LLM, a former Tesco corporate affairs chief and a former Shelter comms director.

Lucy Neville-Rolfe: made a Conservative peer
Lucy Neville-Rolfe: made a Conservative peer

Olly Grender, who worked for public affairs agency PLMR from 2010 to 2011, has been made a Liberal Democrat peer after a long career including spells as the director of comms for the party and for the housing charity Shelter.

Grender has also worked at LLM, which was founded by another new peer, Jon Mendelsohn, who is a Labour appointment.

LLM was involved in the 1998 ‘lobbygate’ scandal but recovered and was bought by Financial Dynamics in 2005 for a sum believed to be £4m. Mendelson left in 2007 and the LLM brand was consigned to history in 2008.

Mendelsohn, a former adviser to Tony Blair, launched the agency in 1997 after Labour got into government.

The Tories have also ennobled a well-known public affairs figure and former aide to Margaret Thatcher. Sir Stephen Sherbourne was chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs at the start of the last decade.

He today resigned as chairman of Interel (formerly Politics International) because of his elevation to the Lords. He became the public affairs agency’s chairman in 2011.

Dame Lucy Neville-Rolfe has also been made a Tory peer. She worked for Tesco for sixteen years until resigning as corporate affairs director this January.

She joined Tesco from the Cabinet Office after a long career in the civil service.

All the appointments are of working peers.

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