Public Policy Unit head Charles Miller is to relinquish his
managerial responsibilities and become a consultant when his agency is
merged with Citigate Westminster later this month.
The merger was announced this week and creates a public affairs outfit
worth pounds 3.5 million in fees. The deal involves a cash payment but
no transfer of equity, but PPU will trade as Citigate Westminster, which
itself belongs to Incepta. PPU’s client book, which includes Rolls Royce
and Procter and Gamble, and its 12 staff, will move to Citigate’s
PPU’s one-person Brussels operation will also be merged with Citigate’s
European five-strong lobbying outfit.
In his new role, Miller will work on a freelance basis, overseeing the
clients he has brought from PPU to Citigate. The only client he is not
taking to Citigate is the British Air Transport Association, which he
will work for on a personal basis, as its policy director.
Miller said: ’We are a natural fit. Citigate Westminster is the sort of
place where people want to work. Our staff are very supportive of the
move, which has also been welcomed by our clients.’
He added that, although the two agencies’ expertise overlaps in areas
like transport, local government and utilities, there were no client
- The APPC is considering hiring a paid secretary from outside lobbying
to run the association at its AGM next month. The current secretary is