Luther snaps up big guns Granatt and Buckby

Luther Pendragon has lured head of Government Information and Communications Service (GICS) Mike Granatt and former campaign director of Britain in Europe (BiE) Simon Buckby to join the consultancy as partners.

The pair will take up their new positions in the new year.

‘We’ve not hired these guys for their contacts. We are not an old-school lobbying firm that recruits names just to rub shoulders with MPs. Mike and Simon have been hired because they can do the job,’ said Luther founding partner Charles Stewart-Smith.

Granatt is currently working out his notice as GICS director-general, a post he has held for seven years. He quit following the axing of his role as part of the recommendations of the Phillis review into Government PR (PRWeek, 5 September).

Buckby resigned as BiE campaign director last month, after it became clear the Government would not hold a referendum on Euro membership in this parliament (PRWeek, 17 October).

‘We specialise in issues and crisis management, areas Mike and Simon have great experience of. Both have a profound understanding of the workings of media, politics and government,’ added Stewart-Smith.

Granatt, who has also been the top communicator at the Home Office and

the Metropolitan Police, said: ‘I am hoping my remit will emphasise the things I have been doing for the past 25 years, but the interesting thing about becoming a partner at Luther is the varied work it will offer.’

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