Shelter’s communications director Olly Grender has joined lobbying
firm Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn, where she will work as a senior consultant
and guardian of the agency’s ethical behaviour.
She joins LLM from the UK’s largest housing charity in October. At
Shelter, she headed a team of 40 staff in its media, campaign and policy
department and was responsible for a lengthy campaign to influence the
Government to change homeless legislation. The outcome of the campaign
will be known this autumn when a green paper on housing is
Grender was also responsible for introducing a corporate logo and
improving the quality of Shelter’s publications. The charity has been a
client of LLM’s for the past two years.
Before arriving at Shelter in 1995, she was communications director for
the Liberal Democrats and speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown.
In her new post, Grender will have management responsibility for
training and developing staff, marketing and PR for the firm, and will
act as an ethics officer. She will also advise LLM clients on the media
and mass communications.
Grender’s appointment brings the LLM management committee headcount to
four. She will work alongside CEO Paul Baverstock, financial director
Bianca Mogan and senior consultant Craig Leviton.
Grender is the first senior consultant at LLM who does not have an
affiliation with New Labour. Baverstock said this will give the
consultancy a ’broader perspective’.
He added: ’Her record at Shelter and with the Liberal Democrats makes
her an ideal addition. Her ability to provide clear messages within both
public affairs and communications environments will add value to the