Grayling Political Strategy has bagged the services of Welsh public affairs and political news veteran Glyn Mathias.
Mathias started this week as a senior consultant at Grayling's Westminster Strategy and its Cardiff counterpart, Strategy Wales. He will report to Cardiff MD Huw Roberts and London's Leighton Andrews.
Mathias served as public affairs head for BBC Wales until last month.
He started that job a year ago after five years as the BBC's political editor in Wales. The Cardiff political editorship followed two years as controller of public affairs for ITN in London.
That job followed a long spell in journalism which saw Mathias serve as ITN assistant editor, as political editor in London for five years, and as an ITN lobby reporter for eight years.
Mathias will provide political analysis to Strategy clients and will work on media training. Andrews said that although Mathias would mainly work for Strategy, he may also handle projects for wider Grayling PR clients.
He is still expected to work part-time in journalism, writing a weekly column in the South Wales Echo, the newspaper on which he started his career thirty years ago.
Mathias was approached about the Grayling post by Roberts, who was head of press and PR at ITN at the same time that Mathias was controller of public affairs.
Mathias, who announced his resignation from the BBC Wales post three months ago (PR Week, 12 May), was the first to hold the post after it was created to ensure the corporation was represented to the new Welsh assembly.