Based in Edinburgh, Grayling is one of Scotland’s leading public affairs consultancies. Given our team’s collective knowledge and experience of working with Scotland’s main political parties and the Scottish Government, we understand Scottish politics inside out.
We help our clients understand what makes politics and politicians tick, as well as how best to nurture a relationship which adds value to your business. And because we believe that forewarned is forearmed, Grayling helps our clients pinpoint the risks and opportunities which lie ahead.
Grayling’s office in Edinburgh is part of a global communications network. We have public affairs specialists in every devolved parliament and assembly in the UK, as well as in Brussels and across Europe and North America. We work closely with them to support clients who work across boundaries and jurisdictions.
As part of the wider UK Public Affairs team we were recently the winners of The Public Affairs Awards Consultancy of the Year Award 2016.
Ross Laird, Director
Ross Laird has over 20 years’ experience as a political and public policy campaigner. Ross advises clients on strategic repositioning, political and public affairs campaigns and wider communications. Ross has delivered a number of award-winning campaigns across the UK, including integrated communications for some of the largest rail engineering projects in the UK and is a sector specialist in energy, health, transport, education and financial services.
Matthew Revett, Associate Director
Matthew joined Grayling in early 2004, and works on a number of clients across the public affairs part of the business. Following over four years at Grayling’s London headquarters, Matthew relocated to Grayling’s Scotland office where he leads accounts in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Matthew is jointly responsible for running Grayling’s Scotland PA operation. An expert in public policy and regulation, he has previously advised many clients on their strategic communications with both the UK and Scottish Governments.
Suzanna Kerr, Account Executive
Suzanna joined Grayling after working for a Member of the UK Parliament during the Independence Referendum and 2015 General Election. Suzanna’s work within the team is primarily in infrastructure, energy and telecoms sectors. She currently manages the stakeholder engagement programmes for clients in finance, transport and IT. Suzanna has interned for NGOs, Members of the Scottish Parliament and Members of the UK Parliament. Her background includes working in community and stakeholder engagement, events management and healthcare and digital campaigns.
Iona Macbeth, Account Executive
Iona joined Grayling’s Public Affairs team from the British Council, where she worked in international education programmes. At Grayling her work is focused in the education, health and third sectors. Iona manages the political monitoring and stakeholder engagement plans for a range of clients including universities, research councils, pharmaceutical companies and charities. Iona also has experience of event management, content creation and manifesto development.
David Johnstone, Account Executive
David joined Grayling’s Public Affairs team in 2016 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Economics. David has experience of Local Government politics, spending several months as a research intern at Edinburgh Council, and as a member of the Senior Campaign team for a council by-election. David led the organisation and delivery of the Fifth Latin American Forum, a day of panel discussions and lectures on the business and political scene in Latin America, the largest event of its kind in Scotland.