Well-Safe Solutions has appointed Damian Bates as a director of communications.
Former Press & Journal editor, Damian Bates, will be tasked with providing guidance and support to the senior management team on government policy and political relations via his newly formed consultancy Abraitis and Co.
Mark Patterson, founder of Well-Safe Solutions and executive director said: “Damian brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the political sphere in Scotland, the UK and beyond and will help us navigate our way through what can be a very challenging environment.
“We’re very excited that Damian’s first client – just a few weeks since stepping down from one of the UK’s most prestigious media roles – is Well-Safe.“
Bates has worked across the UK for a variety of newspapers in his 28-year career in the media and is also a published author. He was previously chairman of the Editors’ Committee of the Scottish Newspaper Society and spent five years sitting on the Editors’ Code Committee, which sets the rules for the industry’s own regulatory system.
Bates said: “I’ve been really impressed by Well-Safe and have been speaking to Mark for several months about working alongside his team. Well-Safe Solutions is an incredibly exciting company with some of the best practitioners in the industry and I was really keen to join what is clearly going to be a real success story.”