Lexington lands former aide to Lansley in fresh health push
Mike Craven and Ian Kennedy’s agency has also set up a 'senior advisory board'.
Lexington Communications has hired a former aide to ex-health secretary Andrew Lansley as part of a push to grow its healthcare team.
Ed McRandal joins the leading independent public affairs agency as an associate director having spent the last five years at Four Communications. He previously worked in Lansley’s office for approaching two years.
In the 2017 general election, he stood as the Conservative party candidate in St Helens South and Whiston, where he lost to Labour’s Marie Rimmer.
As well as hiring McRandal, Lexington has also appointed a panel of strategic advisors to act as senior counsel to its healthcare team.
The new senior advisory board will consist of professor Mike Bewick, former deputy medical director of NHS England; Mike Burrows, director at the National Academic Health Science Network and former NHS England area director for Greater Manchester; and Katherine Murphy, former CEO of the Patients’ Association.
Lexington’s head of health, Emily Cook said: “I am delighted to announce the members of our new senior advisory board, who will use their knowledge and experience of the ever-changing health landscape to provide invaluable strategic advice and insider analysis to our existing and potential clients.”
She added: “Lexington Health has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months and we have expanded our practice at both a global and UK level with important new clients.
“Our new senior advisors will join a team that has the reputation of being one of the best in the market, and which partners with some of the most forward-thinking and exciting healthcare companies. With their added expertise and insight, we look forward to expanding our offering and continuing to provide our clients with the very best advice and insight in healthcare consultancy.”