Top Barclays lobbyist to join insurance institute

One of Barclays' most experienced lobbyists is leaving the bank to take the top PA role at the Chartered Insurance Institute.

David Thomson is currently head of public policy strategy and planning for Barclays. He is also acting EU public policy director at the bank.

Thomson will leave both roles in May to take on the newly created role of group direc­tor of public affairs at the Chartered Insurance Insti­tute. The institute provides a range of accreditation and professional qualifications to its 90,000 members working in the insurance and financial services industry.

Thomson acknowledged that he would be carrying out a different type of public ­affairs work in the new role. He said: ‘It's a different style where you're speaking on behalf of your membership. But I think what the institute is trying to do is get beyond simply the reputation aspect and to actually raise its game with the government and bodies such as the Financial Services Authority.'

Thomson will also be ­responsible for creating a new policy and public affairs function for the group. He will recruit up to 10 new members of staff for the function, which will incorporate both a public affairs divi­sion and a new research and policy unit. It is hoped that the new arrangements will enable the institute to position itself as a thought leader on professional practice and ethical matters within the finan­cial services sector.

In the new role, Thomson will report to director general Alexander Scott.

During his 12 years with Barclays, Thomson rose from public affairs manager to ­become deputy head of public affairs, then head of government relations, before assu­ming his current role.

Before joining Barclays, Thomson spent five years as senior account executive with Westminster Strategy.

He has also worked as a research assistant for former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel.

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