Laws leaps into lobbying with GK Strategy job
The leading Lib Dem will work with GK boss Emily Wallace.
Former Liberal Democrat schools minister David Laws is joining GK Strategy as a strategic adviser.
Laws takes on the part-time role with the independent Westminster-based consultancy two years after losing his seat in the 2015 election.
He becomes one of a number of ousted Lib Dems making a move into public affairs. Last year, ex-energy secretary Ed Davey was snapped up by MHP Communications to be a senior adviser while former deputy leader Simon Hughes took a job overseeing public affairs for the Open University.
GK Strategy was set up in 2008 by Robin Grainger and Luke Kennedy to advise private equity firms but has since broadened its offer, most recently by establishing a planning communications arm.
In his new role, Laws will advise GK and its clients on a range of sectors including education, pensions and economic policy. He is the second senior hire in recent weeks after the agency last month brought in the former chief executive of Oasis Dental Care, Justin Ash, as its first chairman.
In a statement, Laws described GK as “a young, dynamic and exciting consultancy with a completely different approach and ethos to other agencies in the sector”.
He added “From my experience in Westminster over the last 20 years there are many policy areas where I have developed a detailed understanding of which will support GK and its clients, but also in areas that I am yet to work in directly, I will be able to unpick some of the challenges that organisations are facing in better communicating their message to government and the media.”
GK Strategy CEO Emily Wallace said: “David’s appointment is an exciting moment for GK and its staff. His Cabinet-level experience and understanding of decision making at the heart of Government will be invaluable to the engagement campaigns we support our clients to deliver."
She added: “We have seen GK go from strength to strength since its inception nine years ago and David coming on board represents an important milestone for our agency.”
Laws is also executive chairman of the Education Policy Institute and the Education Partnerships Group.