MD resignation is cue for top-level Grayling revamp

Grayling Political Strategy has completed a management shake-up

following the departure of MD Leighton Andrews.

Susan Eastoe, formerly MD of Profile Corporate Communications, which was

bought by Grayling earlier this year, has become one of three managerial

heads of Grayling's public affairs service.

She has been promoted from director to chief operating officer at GPS's

London base. As well as continuing to handle former Profile clients she

will have additional duties overseeing all account teams and day-to-day


Directors Robbie MacDuff and Huw Roberts will have equivalent

responsibilities to Eastoe in the company's Edinburgh and Cardiff

offices respectively.

All three, who will work together on the day-to-day running of GPS, will

report to GPS chairman Michael Burrell, who has taken a more hands-on

role since Andrews left.

Grayling Group CEO Kennedy says, despite these changes, the company may

still replace Andrews in the long term.

Kennedy said the shake-up will enhance links between the three offices,

with MacDuff and Roberts focusing more on London.

Andrews, a visiting professor at Westminster University, left in May to

spend more time writing and lecturing.

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