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,’