Public Affairs: Gala Coral director quits to set up shop

The top lobbyist at Gala Coral is leaving to set up his own public affairs agency with the gambling giant as a launch client.

Craig Leviton will stand down as Gala Coral corporate affairs director at the end of the month. Leviton confirmed he was leaving to set up a 'public affairs and issues management consultancy' with Gala Coral as his first client. It is understood the new agency will be based in London.

He told PRWeek: 'I have had two great years at Gala Coral working with some outstanding people. However, now is the right time for the next challenge in my career.'

In a statement, Gala Coral chairman Neil Goulden said: 'Craig has done an excellent job in furthering our corporate affairs presence over the past two years ... and we are delighted we will be his first client for his new consultancy.'

Leviton joined the casino, bookmaker and bingo group in 2007, having previously spent seven years at the now-defunct LLM Communications, ascending to the MD role in 2004.

He started at LLM in 1998 shortly after it was set up as Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn, in the wake of Labour's 1997 landslide general election victory.

In 2005, LLM was acquired by FD and the brand name was eventually dropped in 2008.

Prior to LLM, Leviton worked for a number of all-party parliamentary groups and as a consultant for the then Shandwick. Finsbury will continue to handle financial communications for Gala Coral.

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