Defence lobbyist Joe Baynes has parted company with Westminster Strategy
after just four days.
A former director of Market Access International, where he had worked
for almost eight years, Baynes started work at Westminster Strategy at
the beginning of the month (PR Week 4 April) with the intention of
starting a new defence and aerospace group.
However, it is understood that Baynes never actually signed his contract
and that he left at Easter.
Former army officer Baynes, 36, declined to give the reasons for his
decision and referred enquiries to Westminster Strategy. However, he did
say there was ‘no ill feeling’ on either side.
Managing director of Westminster Strategy, Michael Burrell blamed
Baynes’ departure on ‘contractual difficulties’ and indicated the
company would be recruiting, although not necessarily a defence expert.
Referring to the appointment of former special adviser John Bercow he
said: ‘We’re pleased to have John Bercow with us and are planning
further recruitment both at senior and junior levels’.
Baynes left Market Access’ defence unit in January, shortly after the
departure of unit head Mark Francois.
Bercow joins, p4