Grayling appoints former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan

Grayling has appointed the former Conservative MP for Loughborough, Baroness Nicky Morgan, to its UK Advisory Board.

Morgan (pictured), who joined the House of Lords earlier this year, is to provide senior counsel to clients and insights to Grayling itself in her Advisory Board role.

Her most recent role in Government was Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Prior to that she was a Government Whip during the Coalition and held senior ministerial roles at The Treasury before becoming Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities between 2014 and 2016.

She was also the first, and to date only, female chair of the Treasury Select Committee. Following her elevation to the House of Lords, Morgan was appointed to the Lords’ all-party committee looking at the long-term implications of COVID-19 on the UK.

Before entering Parliament in 2010, she specialised in corporate law, advising a range of private and public companies from 1996 to 2010.

Grayling global chairman Richard Jukes said: “We are delighted that Nicky has joined our Advisory Board where she will join other senior consultants with extensive experience in the worlds of politics, international trade, journalism and business.

“As the world tackles the new challenges caused by the pandemic it has never been more important for consultancies to be able to provide our clients with senior, seasoned advice and counsel. Not only does Nicky bring enormous experience from her time in government and as chair of the Treasury Select Committee, she also has a substantial commercial hinterland and perspective, which will be of enormous value to clients and colleagues alike.”

Peers are not allowed to undertake paid advocacy work under the House of Lords Code of Conduct.

Jukes said: "Nicky brings enormous experience from both the public and private sectors and her focus will be on our corporate affairs practice, where she will be advising both us and our clients on the challenges businesses face as we continue to emerge from the effects of the pandemic. She will not undertake any advocacy, either for us or our clients."

Morgan said: “The issues that face businesses and other organisations as we emerge from the pandemic will be complex and challenging, and I am delighted to be joining the Grayling Advisory Board to work with the business and its clients to help find ways of solving problems and identifying, and leveraging, opportunities where they arise.

“I initially knew Grayling from their public affairs work, but it is their broader corporate affairs offer which will be my focus, and where my experience in both the private and public sector will hopefully bring additional value to the business.”

Earlier this month, Grayling announced its first global chief executive in five years, with EMEA chief executive Sarah Scholefield promoted to the role. Jukes became the agency's first global chairman.

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