Sex health charity beefs up lobbying

Sexual health charity the FPA (formerly known as the Family Planning Association) is boosting its parliamentary presence to target the three main parties.

The strategy change follows the disbanding of the post of policy and parliamentary officer, held by Elizabeth Barlow until last summer, and the creation of two new roles to cover the parliamentary lobbying beat.

Caroline Davey has been appointed to the newly created post of policy manager, and Georgina Whitfield joins as parliamentary officer.

Their roles will increase the FPA’s political lobbying and further the organisation’s reputation as a front-line campaigner on sex and sexual health issues.

‘Previously, only the governing party was lobbied by the FPA, but that will now change. We aim to be more proactive, rather than reactive, and will seek consultation with the three main parties,’ said Davey, who leads a team of nine and reports to FPA communications director Karen Brewer.

Davey joins from childcare charity Daycare Trust and worked previously at independent research agency Opinion Leader Research.

She will be responsible for shaping the FPA’s policy development programme, ensuring that it influences health and education guidelines at the highest levels.

‘With changes to the charity’s national strategy and the recent Health Select Committee report on sexual health, the issue is being forced up the political agenda. I am intending to build on this momentum,’ said Davey.

Whitfield has spent the past five years with the Civil Service, including the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education and Skills.

Her brief is to secure internal policy-making influence within the three parliamentary parties. Whitfield reports to Davey.

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