Grayling appoints former Sunday Times news editor as senior advisor

Stephen Bevan, former news editor at the Sunday Times, has been appointed as a senior media advisor at Grayling, the agency has announced.

Stephen Bevan, senior media advisor, Grayling UK
Stephen Bevan, senior media advisor, Grayling UK

He will advise Grayling UK’s clients on all aspects of their communications strategy, from media relations, crisis communications and media training to client-risk mitigation and thought leadership, according to the announcement.

Bevan has spent more than 20 years in journalism, including senior editorial roles at The Times, The Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday, as well as a three-year stint as deputy editor at PRWeek in the 1990s.

He will continue in his role as director of Media Foresight, a reputation risk and media relations consultancy he set up after leaving the Sunday Times last year.

Bevan will bring "gravitas and significant media insight" to Grayling UK, according to its chairman Richard Jukes.

He remarked: "Clients will benefit from his experience as an exceptional leader in the field of journalism, and his senior counsel will be invaluable to our teams across the country."

Commenting on his new appointment, Bevan said: "At a time when organisations are under greater pressure than ever to demonstrate accountability, the media remains one of the most powerful channels for communication, so it is important to get it right."

He added: "After decades helping to shape the news agenda, I relish the chance to apply that knowledge and experience to the challenge of dealing with an ever more diverse and complex media industry."

Bevan is the latest addition to Grayling UK’s senior advisory team, which includes Brexit and trade expert Shanker Singham and former Conservative MP Angie Bray.

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