NEWS: New unit for Baynes at Westminster Strategy

Former Market Access International director Joe Baynes has joined Westminster Strategy to launch a new aerospace and defence group.

Former Market Access International director Joe Baynes has joined

Westminster Strategy to launch a new aerospace and defence group.



Former Army officer Baynes, 36, joined Westminster Strategy as a main

board director this week.



Baynes left Market Access’ defence unit in January. His departure

followed that of unit head Mark Francois in December. Baynes had worked

at MAI for almost eight years, the last four of which he worked almost

exclusively on the Lockheed Martin account.



Commenting on the reasons behind his decision to quit he said that after

eight years with the same company it ‘seemed a sensible move’.



WS does not currently have any defence clients, although Baynes said he

was in talks with several firms. Asked if Lockheed Martin was one of

them, Baynes said: ‘Lockheed is a company I worked with for nearly four

years and in which I retain some close friends. However, I don’t believe

it has any plans to move its business in the short term’.



* Market Access has hired Richard Marsh as an account director to work

on healthcare and general industrial clients. Marsh, 33, has worked in

the Department of Health, Department of National Heritage, DoE and

Conservative Central Office before joining the Prime Minister’s

political office last year.



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