The Boots group has appointed its first corporate affairs head in
Scotland, a few months before the Scottish Parliament gets off the
Jane Scott will join Boots in April from lobbying agency GJW’s Scottish
operation, which she heads as communication director. She will report to
Boots group external affairs head Martin Wakeling and handle all media,
government and community relations for the company in Scotland. The size
of her team remains undecided.
Eight per cent of Boots’ turnover is generated in Scotland. It operates
over 100 Boots The Chemist stores, as well as Boots Opticians and
Halfords outlets in Scotland. The company employs 1,000 people in its
Airdrie-based factory, which produces cosmetics and suntan products.
Explaining the decision to create a Scotland-based corporate affairs
post, Wakeling said: ’There’s going to be a Scottish parliament from
July taking decisions that will affect Boots’ businesses in Scotland. We
have a major presence in Scotland and intend to be able to make our
voice heard there.’
Scott joined GJW nine months ago and has handled accounts there
including Vodafone, Scottish Power and the Royal Bank of Scotland. She
was recently called upon to draw up Scottish proposals for Boots, a
client of GJW’s in London.
Scott previously worked as marketing director for retail property
company the Guinea Group.