Jones (pictured) takes up the role of senior counsel at the Huntsworth network agency. Grayling said that in his new role, Jones will oversee corporate comms and public affairs, "devising and executing fully integrated and multichannel communications campaigns for Grayling’s expanding roster of marquee clients across the UK and Europe".
He will report to Grayling global chairman Richard Jukes.
Jones, formerly deputy political editor at Sky News, left Weber Shandwick UK in 2018 to join Cicero (now Cicero/AMO). Before that he was spokesman for Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, working with her through the EU referendum and the Conservative leadership campaign.
Jones is also a regular commentator on politics and media issues.
His appointment follows that of former Cabinet minister Baroness Morgan of Cotes (Nicky Morgan) last month to Grayling’s UK Advisory Board, as well as the recent promotion of Jukes to global chair and EMEA chief executive Sarah Scholefield to global chief executive.
Jukes said: “It has never been more important for clients to be able to turn to expert, authoritative communications advisors, and Joey Jones' appointment underlines our commitment to delivering at the most senior level. His career has taken him to the highest level of communications, journalism and politics and he is another heavyweight appointment to a fantastic team of consultants.”
Jones said: “Grayling is evolving at pace. I am excited to be joining a team that demonstrates vision and ambition, delivering at every level for its clients. The client roster is first class and growing fast, while Grayling's UK and European network is unrivalled. I look forward to playing my part in helping to build its corporate affairs offer further and to steer the agency to new heights.”