Wallace set to leave Connect
Public Affairs News consultant of the year will join GK Strategy in August
Connect Communications director and former PRCA public affairs group chair Emily Wallace is leaving the agency after more than 15 years.
PAN can reveal that Wallace is to become managing director of the public affairs division at Westminster-based GK Strategy.
GK was set up by former Liberal Democrat aide Robin Grainger and ex-government adviser Luke Kennedy.
Wallace makes the move to GK after picking up the Public Affairs News consultant of the year award in 2013.
The Connect director is set to join the independent political strategy and communications consultancy in August as part of an ambitious expansion plan which has seen recently it move into new premises at 4 Millbank. Wallace takes a newly-created role overseeing the 14-strong lobbying team at the agency.
She joined Connect as a consultant in 1998, having previously worked as an aide to Labour MP Stephen Byers and a researcher to Labour’s David Blunkett.
Connect founder Gill Morris said: "It is not surprising that after 17 years – a lifetime at Connect – that someone of Emily’s calibre, acknowledged by the industry as a leading light, might be poached. I am personally very sad to see her go but understand the appeal of a fresh challenge."