GK Strategy gets Stephen Byfield to spearhead planning push
The well-known planning lobbyist has left Newgate to take up the new post.
GK Strategy has unveiled the hire of Stephen Byfield, founder of planning public affairs consultancy PPS Group, as chairman.
Byfield has already started in the new job in which he is charged with helping the consultancy grow its planning communications offer.
It comes four years after PPS was acquired by the owner of Newgate Communications in a £6.2 million deal. As a result of that deal, Byfield became head of Newgate's public affairs practice in London and Brussels.
He is the second departure from Newgate in recent months after former Tory special adviser Tomos Davies left to join FleishmanHillard Fishburn.
Commenting on the move, Byfield said: “I’m delighted to join GK at this exciting time. GK is filled with incredibly impressive people – from strategic advisors to experienced consultants and recent graduates – and I’m really looking forward to working with them all.”
Also joining the firm are former M&C Saatchi PR director James Page and ex-Four Communications healthcare expert Joe Cormack.
A spokesperson for GK Strategy said the agency had been achieving double digit growth for the 10th consecutive year. GK, set up in 2008, is one of six agencies shortlisted for agency of the year in the 2018 Public Affairs Awards.