WS enlists former McConnell aide

Weber Shandwick has hired a former adviser to Jack McConnell for a senior role in its Scottish public affairs team.

Peter Hastie joins WS Scotland as an associate ­director based at the agency’s Edinburgh office. He previously spent five years as a special adviser to McConnell, Scotland’s former First Minister, focusing on tourism, culture and sport.

He briefed the First Minister on the reorganisation of Visit Scotland and the creation of Event Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland.

WS Scotland’s lobbying practice is headed by director of public affairs Moray McDonald. Clients include Grosvenor, Marie Curie Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the Scottish Funding Council.

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