Bill Hamilton, head of public affairs at Safeway Stores, is leaving
to become a director at Grayling London, the PR headquarters of the
His remit is to strengthen the relationship between Grayling and its
sister agency Westminster Strategy, which is Safeway’s retained public
affairs agency. Both agencies are owned by communications and marketing
Hamilton, who begins his new job early next month, joins the nine-strong
board of directors of Grayling London and will report to Grayling Group
managing director Nigel Kennedy.
Aside from forging links between the PR and public affairs units of
Grayling, Hamilton will be responsible for developing new corporate and
He said: ’I felt the opportunity to join Grayling as a director was too
good to miss. The Grayling Group has a very open management style which
Hamilton, 43, joined Safeway two years ago as the company’s first public
affairs head. He reported to communications director Kevin Hawkins, and
acted as the company’s media spokesperson.