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Ben Gascoigne, former special adviser to Boris Johnson, joins Grayling UK’s Public Affairs team

21st January 2019

Grayling UK has announced the appointment of former Special Adviser, Ben Gascoigne, as a Director, further strengthening the company’s senior political counsel and reinforcing its reputation as an industry leader in the Public Affairs sector.


Ben joins following a year of significant growth for Grayling’s UK business. He will report to Grayling UK’s Chairman, Richard Jukes, and arrives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he worked as a Special Adviser to the former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. He brings with him a wealth of expertise in political campaigning, having provided strategy and insight to one of the country’s leading politicians. Ben also joins the agency’s Senior Advisory Board where he will share his industry knowledge with clients across Grayling’s Public Affairs, Corporate and Consumer divisions.


Prior to his role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ben worked with Boris Johnson, during his time as Mayor of London. He has also worked for the Conservative Party and on a number of successful campaigns including for the London Mayoralty and the 2015 General Election.


Ben Gascoigne, Director, Grayling Public Affairs, said: “Grayling is going through a significant period of growth. With its vast network of international and country-wide offices, I am incredibly excited to join the already strong Public Affairs team and share my experience from the frontline of local and national politics with clients and colleagues. Regardless of what is happening in Westminster, this is a period of change and it’s hugely important to try to translate the landscape, whilst providing wider advice to companies in the UK.”


Alan Boyd-Hall, Head of Grayling Public Affairs, said: “Ben’s arrival represents a significant moment for Grayling, and in particular the company’s Public Affairs offering. Businesses are looking for political guidance and expertise more so than ever, meaning that Ben’s experience of working at the very heart of Westminster and British politics will be invaluable. His political knowledge and insight makes him an excellent addition to the Public Affairs team, and we are delighted to have him on board.”


Richard Jukes, Chairman of Grayling UK, said: “Ben’s energy and enthusiasm made him an ideal fit for a company which is experiencing strong and continued growth. He will provide a level of strategic counsel which cannot be matched by many other individuals, thanks to his experience across Government and in City Hall. We know that he will be a great addition to our business and a valuable asset for the agency and our clients.”


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