Grayling appoints Avison to head up new Leeds office

The Grayling Group has appointed John Avison as account director to head its new regional office in Leeds.

The Grayling Group has appointed John Avison as account director to

head its new regional office in Leeds.



He will develop new business among existing blue-chip clients, including

British Gas, with special emphasis on media relations, corporate

strategy and broadcast training - a new service to Grayling.



Avison will initially work with and report to Grayling director Jonathan

Reay, who heads the agency’s offices in Birmingham and Nottingham.



He will initially work alone in the Leeds office, drawing on services

and support from the 12-strong teams at the agency’s other offices.



A former newspaper man, working on York-based paper the Evening Press in

the 1970s and 1980s, Avison joined the PR team of British Gas in Leeds

in 1990. He was a media consultant to Pearl Assurance and for the past

18 months ran his own consultancy.



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