Lexington lands Foreign Office diplomat to boost Brexit offer
Paul McGrade takes agency post after 15 years in Whitehall.
Lexington Communications has moved to boost its Brexit strategy and advice offer by hiring a senior figure from the Foreign Office’s Lisbon Treaty team.
Paul McGrade as joins Mike Craven’s agency as senior counsel. He will provide strategic advice to clients across a number of sectors with a particular focus on the Brussels negotiations.
McGrade was most recently deputy high commissioner to Sierra Leone. He previously served as deputy UK ambassador during Portugal's economic crisis and acted as the Single Market lead in the FCO’s eurozone crisis response team.
Prior to these posts, he was manager of the FCO bill team taking the Lisbon Treaty legislation through Parliament from 2007 to 2008. He also spent three years as a policy adviser in the Cabinet Office.
Lexington was set up by Mike Craven and Ian Kennedy in 1998 and recently employed Fiona Hill as a director, before Hill was appointed as Theresa May’s joint chief of staff. The agency now has 61 practitioners working on public affairs, making it one of the UK’s largest independent lobbying firms.
Commenting on the new hire, Craven said: "Paul will be a significant addition to our Lexington team which is working with a number of our UK and global clients on Brexit-related issues. With the second phase of the negotiations about to start, companies are stepping up their engagement on Brexit issues."