GJW has recruited Mari James, who was vice-chair of the Yes for
Wales referendum campaign, to open an office in Cardiff as the race to
launch lobbying operations in time for the new Welsh Assembly in June
begins in earnest.
James, a freelance political consultant, has been hired to advise the
company’s clients on the workings of rhe new Welsh Assembly in
As well as the umbrella referendum campaign, James’ career has spanned
private and public sector jobs. She was vice-president of public affairs
at Olympia and York, the owners of Canary Wharf and an account director
at Westminster Strategy.
A two-man office headed by James, who is a Welsh speaker herself, will
be based in Cardiff. She will work on a part-time basis to begin with
but ,as and when the work-load increases, she will be spending more time
at GJW Cymru Wales, she said.
’My job is to show clients who have interests in the UK and Wales
exactly what the new kid on the block means to them,’ said James. ’It is
different in that it’s not going to be like some mini-Westminster; there
will be more of an opportunity for an input from outside the
Commenting on the appointment, GJW chief executive Andrew Giffiord said:
’We have always had the intention to be properly represented in Wales
and this appointment helps achieve this. It means that our clients can
have an excellent service there.’
GJW has moved to plug the gap left by the departure of its former
communications director, Jane Scott, who has become head of corporate
affairs at Boots, Scotland. Sam McEwan, a former communications and
public affairs head of IBM in Scotland, is to replace Scott when she
leaves for Boots in April.
McEwan’s most recent job was as media manager at Scottish Enterprise,
Scotland’s economic development agency.