SNP staffer joins agency

Skipper to join Weber Shandwick’s public affairs team

The SNP’s Westminster chief of staff is to join Weber Shandwick’s Scottish public affairs team as account director.

Luke Skipper has held his latest post for eight years, working closely with Angus Robertson, the SNP leader at Westminster.

He was involved in the strategic planning behind recent SNP campaigns including the 2015 General Election campaign.

He was responsible for all media, research and policy development and coordinating and planning SNP political strategy on reserved matters, major stakeholder relations and liaison with Scottish Government. In addition he supported the development of the communication strategy and party policy on defence issues.

He was born in Canada and holds a master’s degree in International and European politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to his latest role he was head of research for the group of MPs and also worked in the Scottish Parliament when the SNP were in opposition.

Moray Macdonald, managing director of Weber Shandwick in Scotland, said: “Luke’s appointment sees us build our cross-party public affairs consultancy at an exciting time for Scottish politics.

“Scotland and the SNP look set to be at the centre of UK politics for the next five years and in less than a year’s time we go back to the polls to elect a new Parliament at Holyrood.

“As more powers are devolved to Scotland the need for business to engage with the parliament and Scottish Government will increase, Luke’s insight and experience will be crucial as we guide clients through our new political landscape.”

Weber Shandwick in Scotland now has senior consultants with backgrounds from all four of the major Scottish parties.

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