Emily Wallace in shock exit from GK Strategy after three years as MD
Wallace said she was taking a break from lobbying after 'an exhilarating energetic ride'.
GK Strategy managing director Emily Wallace has left the agency without a new role lined up.
In an unexpected move, the former Connect Communications director has gone freelance after three and half years at the Westminster-based lobbying agency.
"It’s been two decades of fast paced, crazy fun, an exhilarating energetic ride. But there is also pressure and stress and long hours and I’m tired," Wallace stated on LinkedIn.
“I’m going to take a bit of time out, pick my kids up from school, get to know them a bit better, spend some time with my parents, maybe learn something new, and try and get a bit more exercise. Then I want to leap back into something at full throttle.”
Wallace joined GK Strategy in 2014 in the newly-created public affairs managing director after more than 15 years at Connect. The Labour-supporting lobbyist is a former PRCA public affairs group chair who now sits on the management committee of the APPC. She picked up the Public Affairs News consultant of the year award in 2013.
GK Strategy was set up by former Liberal Democrat aide Grainger and ex-government adviser Luke Kennedy in 2008 to advise private equity firms but has since broadened its offer, most recently by establishing a planning communications arm.
Last year, the agency hired the former chief executive of Oasis Dental Care as its first chairman. Julian Ash said that he would be helping to "lay out and deliver an ambitious road map of growth and expansion in the years ahead".
Commenting on Wallace’s departure, Grainger said: "Emily has played a hugely important role in building GK Strategy into what it is today, from a public affairs agency to a full-scale strategic communications agency. After 20 years working in agencies and nearly four years working at GK, her dedication to doing great work has been felt by clients and colleagues, past and present.
"2018 is already proving to be an exciting year for GK, with a host of established brands and new innovative businesses becoming clients - City and Guilds Group, Zenith, and Pulse UK to name but a few. We wish Emily the very best for the future."