GPC appoints McGlynn from rival Bell Pottinger

Top five lobbying agency GPC has appointed a former ministerial special adviser from rival firm Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.

Top five lobbying agency GPC has appointed a former ministerial

special adviser from rival firm Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.



Kathy McGlynn joins GPC in two weeks as an associate director. She will

report to Peter Bingle and, although it has not yet been decided which

clients she will work on, she is expected to head a new practice group

within the firm.



McGlynn joins the agency as its second recent hiring with a media

relations background, following the appointment three months ago of

former Labour party PR chief Joy Johnson (PR Week, 7 April).



McGlynn, a former special adviser to ex-Cabinet Minister Jack

Cunningham, has been at Bell Pottinger, reporting to chairman Stephen

Sherbourne, for almost two years.



Prior to that she worked for Cunningham at the Ministry of Agriculture,

Fisheries and Food for just over a year. Her move out of Government

ended a six-year link with Cunningham, now a backbench MP, which

included a lengthy spell in Opposition shadowing first the Foreign

Office and subsequently the Department of Trade and Industry and the

Department of National Heritage.



’This range of briefs has given me a wide view of policy and

communications issues. I am keen not to be pigeon-holed at GPC and will

see where they have gaps in their existing practices before starting,’

said McGlynn.



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