WS snares Jones for top PA post
Former Sky News man Joey Jones joins forces with Jon McLeod at Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick has hired the highly regarded former Sky News deputy political editor Joey Jones as its new head of public affairs.
Jones makes the move into the lobbying world having more recently been a senior media adviser to Theresa May when she was home secretary.
He replaces David Skelton, who joined Google earlier this year after a few months in the job.
Jones said in a statement: “With its reputation with award-winning engagement campaigns, Weber Shandwick was the obvious choice for me. Politics has changed dramatically in 2016, with new people at the top with new agendas, and I look forward to providing my own perspective on those changes.
“My main focus will be working to develop Weber Shandwick’s public affairs offer as part of the company’s national and international network of integrated communications services.”
The agency’s chairman of corporate, financial and public affairs Jon McLeod said: “Joey’s track record in politics and the media is impressive. He brings precisely the mix of skills that Weber Shandwick is renowned for, as political communications embrace the multi-channel age.
“His understanding of the new political environment, together with his acuity in real-time written and broadcast communications will consolidate our position at the cutting edge of public affairs practice.”