Weber Shandwick rebuilds with hires from Lexington and Labour
Meredith Williams and Ed Taylor are new recruits to the UK public affairs team
Weber Shandwick has appointed Lexington Communications director Ed Taylor and Labour party research officer Meredith Williams as it looks to rebuild the UK public affairs operation.
Tory operator Taylor joins Weber as a director in the public affairs team. He is being seen as a key hire by acting corporate and public affairs MD Anthony Marlowe, who called him “a first-class consultant who combines a forensic knowledge of the political landscape with a deep understanding of policy and the media”.
Marlowe, who joined earlier this year from Edelman, added: “He will add real energy and insight as we continue to grow our public affairs offer”.
Taylor started his career working for the Conservative Party in former leader Michael Howard’s office. He went on to work at Ofcom and then to spend six years as head of corporate affairs at the Telegraph Media Group.
The senior lobbyist has only just handed in his notice at Lexington. When he makes the move to Weber Shandwick, Taylor will link up with Meredith Williams who recently joined the agency as a senior account manager.
She was previously a research officer in the Labour policy directorate, based in the party’s HQ on Victoria Street. Williams has also worked as a public affairs consultant at Teneo Blue Rubicon and Edelman, where she first crossed paths with Marlowe.
The pair join Weber in the wake of a series of senior departures. In recent months, the agency lost public and corporate affairs chairman Jon McLeod, head of public affairs Joey Jones and deputy head of public affairs Kate Shouesmith. Corporate affairs chief Sarah Richardson also recently left without a new role lined up.
The hires of Taylor and Williams were first reported on Friday in PAN editor David Singleton's weekly lobbyig lowdown memo.