Trio of PR and comms pros newly elected to Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly

A number of PR and comms professionals have enjoyed success in the elections for the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Parliament Chamber (Credit: Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body)
The Scottish Parliament Chamber (Credit: Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body)

The following PR and marcoms figures were successful in Thursday's election. Three of these were re-elected, and another three returned for the first time: 

  • Ash Denham, SNP, elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Edinburgh Eastern, was head of campaigns and advocacy for the Scottish think-tank Common Weal. PR agencies she has worked for include Rocket PR and Spreckley Partners, according to her LinkedIn profile.
  • Fiona Hyslop, SNP, re-elected as MSP for Linlithgow, worked as a brand development manager at Standard Life in Edinburgh prior to going into politics in 1999.
  • Gillian Martin, SNP, elected as MSP for Aberdeenshire East. The SNP's website states: "She has been the manager of an emergency media response team for oil and gas companies for 10 years." It does not provide further details.
  • Rebecca Evans, Labour, elected as Welsh Assembly Member (AM) for Gower. Prior to entering politics five years ago, she "worked for a disability charity campaigning tirelessly to improve the services and support available for disabled people and their families", according to her website. It does not name the charity, where Evans was a policy and public affairs officer.
  • Kirsty Williams, re-elected as AM for Brecon & Radnorshire. She worked as a marketing executive in Cardiff before pursuing a political career. Her website does not name the firm she worked for, simply referring to it as a "small business". She was the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, but resigned this afternoon as the party had lost four seats.
  • Alun Davies, Labour, re-elected as AM for Blaenau Gwent. A former director of corporate affairs at S4C and the UK Atomic Energy Authority, he set up Bute Communications, a public affairs consultancy, in 2004.

There were also a number of unsuccessful candidates from the world of PR, including Llyr Gruffydd, a Plaid Cymru candidate for Clwyd West & North Wales, whose past jobs have included Wales comms officer for the National Trust, and press officer for Plaid Cymru’s MEPs; and Jennifer Dunn, an SNP candidate for Ayr, a senior public affairs officer for Scotland at the League Against Cruel Sports.

In addition, a number of PR, public affairs and marcoms professionals are among the candidates seeking election to the London Assembly, with results due to be announced later on Friday.

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