The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has handed
Grayling Political Strategy a key public affairs project following a
five-way pitch, understood to have included APCO and Shandwick.
The project, aimed at assessing the charity’s likelihood of achieving
its goals through lobbying the devolved assemblies, will be run in
Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Brussels.
In Westminster, the RNID already has a three-strong in-house public
affairs team led by Mark Morris, but in the provinces regional RNID
directors themselves have been responsible for lobbying the devolved
bodies throughout last year.
The contract is for an initial three-month project, but there is an
option to extend it if the RNID agrees to implement Strategy’s
The work will be run in Scotland by Robbie MacDuff and Jim Eadie, in
Wales by Cathy Owens, in Brussels by Alexander Delacoux and in Northern
Ireland by Richard Gordon. Michael Burrell, chairman of Grayling’s
London lobbying shop Westminster Strategy, will co-ordinate all the
Grayling reports to RNID head of campaigns Kate Nustedt and campaigns
director Phyllis Campbell-McRae.
MacDuff said Grayling was preparing a communications report for the
charity for the early summer. ’They have a good team in Westminster but
need some guidance in the systems of the new devolved assemblies,’ he
Campbell-McRae said that while the agency had been retained to report on
openings presented by devolution, subsequent lobbying would ’most likely
be done in-house’.