British Bankers' Association hires former Andrew Lansley health spad Paul Stephenson

The British Bankers' Association (BBA) has appointed former health spad Paul Stephenson for a new role.

Barclays: Under scrutiny
Barclays: Under scrutiny

Stephenson has joined the trade association following time spent as special adviser to former secretary of state Andrew Lansley at the Department of Health before September’s reshuffle.

PRWeek understands he has stepped into the newly created role of executive director, external affairs, at the BBA.

The appointment comes as scrutiny of the banking industry continues, with Barclays hitting back this weekend over US regulators' proposed fines of $470m (£291m) for the bank's alleged manipulation of energy markets.

Stephenson said: ‘I'm honoured to be joining the BBA at this critical time for the banking sector in the UK. The BBA has a leading role to play in pushing for reform and ensuring the banking sector meets the needs and expectations of both customers and shareholders.

‘Banking is one of our most important industries. It plays a pivotal role in our economy and employs hundreds of thousands of British workers. I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing my part in helping the BBA to restore the public's trust in this crucial industry once again.’

When Lansley was health secretary, he led controversial reforms to the NHS that are due to come into force in this spring, placing GPs at the centre of commissioning services. He was replaced by Jeremy Hunt in Prime Minister David Cameron’s September reshuffle, and moved to become Leader of the House – widely seen as a demotion.

PRWeek revealed earlier this month that Lansley spad Bill Morgan had returned to MHP as senior adviser.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

Department store John Lewis is to use its 150th anniversary this year to talk about its history, which "not enough people know about", according to director of communications Peter Cross.

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

The man who helped Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections is to work for Labour along with members of his team.

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Pay-TV giant Sky has added Fever PR to its agency line-up for a wide-ranging brief covering products and services.

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been sent home for Easter and will reconvene on Tuesday for further deliberations about its verdicts on 11 charges of indecent assault.

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

The Home Office has tasked Munro & Forster (M&F) with supporting its campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of a wider retained brief.