Lehal, whose experience is particularly strong in healthcare, started his career as a researcher for Labour MP Margaret Moran. He then joined corporate and PA consultancy Profile, which in 2000 was acquired by Westminster Strategy, then led by Edelman's European vice-chairman Michael Burrell. Burrell hired Lehal to Edelman when he made the move at the beginning of 2003.
Tyrell will join the start-up on 1 February. The BRC is recruiting for his replacement in a role that reports to director-general Kevin Hawkins. He joined the trade body in mid-2004 and was previously a senior account executive at Westminster Strategy.
Lehal has also appointed politics graduate Benjamin Fox as account executive.