Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Quatro PR has hired former Labour minister Jonathan Shaw to 'assist with the company's rapidly expanding energy portfolio'.

Shaw lost his seat in the 2010 election after 13 years as a Labour MP, during which time he served as minister for fisheries and minister for disabled people. Shaw will work part-time for Quatro, taking the title of special adviser. Quatro was set up in 2007 and is run by MD Paul Dimoldenberg.

Four Communications has appointed former Conservative Party election candidate Simon Hoare as a director in its public affairs arm. Hoare stood as a Tory candidate in Cardiff West in 1997 and Cardiff South and Penarth in 2010. He joins Four, having previously run his own consultancy, Community Connect, specialising in planning, community relations and stakeholder management.

BPI, the body representing the UK recorded music industry, has brought in Theo Blackwell as its new director of public affairs. Blackwell, a Labour councillor, has held senior public affairs roles at Mandate Communications and Connect Public Affairs and was most recently an adviser to UK 'digital champion' Martha Lane Fox. He replaces Richard Mollet, who is leaving next month to be CEO at The Publishers Association.

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