Media moves

Leonard hires Crisis spinner McMath to head comms

Richard Leonard at PenicuikScottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has appointed his fourth media adviser in less than 18 months.

Lynn McMath will leave homeless charity Crisis in May to become the party’s head of communications, succeeding Richard Simcox who has been on secondment from London.

He took over from PR veteran Charlie Mann, who worked for former Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov and had a spell at 3×1. He spent just six months working for Mr Leonard whose first spinner was former Evening News and Scotsman journalist Gina Davidson, who was working for the party when be was elected leader in November 2017.

After five months he brought in Mr Mann who left stating in his resignation statement that the role was “not for me”.

Questions were asked about his relationship with Mr Leonard when he did not attend Labour’s conference in Liverpool last September, instead joining the Off The Ball team on BBC Radio Scotland. He said it was a commitment given prior to his appointment by Labour.

He had also represented Atos, the firm hired by the Department of Work and Pensions to carry out controversial benefit assessments.

Other media moves

Glasgow-based firm Morrison Media Strategies has hired Philip Gates as an account director, joining from Scottish Business Insider. He was also a member of the production team which launched the Sunday Herald in February 1999 and held senior roles at the Scottish Sun.

Video and animation content creation company AVC Immedia has announced that Richard Baron and Angus Turner have joined the company as creative director and creative business development manager respectively.

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