GJW joins the rush to set up shop in Cardiff

GJW has recruited Mari James, who was vice-chair of the Yes for Wales referendum campaign, to open an office in Cardiff as the race to launch lobbying operations in time for the new Welsh Assembly in June begins in earnest.

GJW has recruited Mari James, who was vice-chair of the Yes for

Wales referendum campaign, to open an office in Cardiff as the race to

launch lobbying operations in time for the new Welsh Assembly in June

begins in earnest.



James, a freelance political consultant, has been hired to advise the

company’s clients on the workings of rhe new Welsh Assembly in

Cardiff.



As well as the umbrella referendum campaign, James’ career has spanned

private and public sector jobs. She was vice-president of public affairs

at Olympia and York, the owners of Canary Wharf and an account director

at Westminster Strategy.



A two-man office headed by James, who is a Welsh speaker herself, will

be based in Cardiff. She will work on a part-time basis to begin with

but ,as and when the work-load increases, she will be spending more time

at GJW Cymru Wales, she said.



’My job is to show clients who have interests in the UK and Wales

exactly what the new kid on the block means to them,’ said James. ’It is

different in that it’s not going to be like some mini-Westminster; there

will be more of an opportunity for an input from outside the

assembly.’



Commenting on the appointment, GJW chief executive Andrew Giffiord said:

’We have always had the intention to be properly represented in Wales

and this appointment helps achieve this. It means that our clients can

have an excellent service there.’



GJW has moved to plug the gap left by the departure of its former

communications director, Jane Scott, who has become head of corporate

affairs at Boots, Scotland. Sam McEwan, a former communications and

public affairs head of IBM in Scotland, is to replace Scott when she

leaves for Boots in April.



McEwan’s most recent job was as media manager at Scottish Enterprise,

Scotland’s economic development agency.



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