Chief executive of Plaid Cymru Rhuanedd Richards is taking up a new role with public affairs agency Deryn Consulting.
Ms Richards, a former Welsh Government special adviser, will join Deryn’s expanding Cardiff Bay-based business on June 20 as director of client strategy.
Deryn currently works with a range of clients in the infrastructure, health, education, economic development, energy, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and housing fields.
Ms Richards has extensive political, government and policy experience.
For the past five years she has worked as chief executive of Plaid Cymru, leading the party’s organisation and development as well as working as an integral part of the leadership team overseeing political and election strategy for the party.
Prior to this role she served as a special adviser on policy and communications for the Welsh Government for four years during the Labour – Plaid One Wales Coalition where she was responsible for the overall co-ordination of political, presentational and policy advice to ministers.
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She also led teams in the delivery of Governmental projects.
Deryn director and former Plaid AM Nerys Evans, said: “We’re thrilled that Rhuanedd is joining Deryn.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with her in a variety of roles over the last decade and I have no doubt that her skills, ability, knowledge and experience will be invaluable to our clients and to our team.
In addition to increasing the team, we’ve gained a number of significant new clients over the last few months including Boots, Remploy, Big Lottery Fund, the Food and Drink Federation.’ Deryn director Cathy Owens, added: “We’re extremely proud of our position as the largest and fastest growing public affairs consultancy in Wales, and Rhuanedd’s skills and experience reinforce our position as the market leader in terms of Government Relations and public affairs.
“It’s been a spectacular few months for Deryn and the company has grown significantly since we launched at the start of 2012.
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