Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Ofcom has appointed Lord Blackwell, the head of John Major's policy unit under the last Conservative government, as a non-executive board member. Blackwell, who headed the unit from 1995 to 1997, is also a board member - and former chairman - of the right wing think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies.

4Children, the national children's charity, has hired Claire McCarthy as director of public affairs. It wants to ensure children and family policy is a priority area for political parties. McCarthy was until last month special adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She effectively replaces head of comms Geethika Jayatilaka, who has joined the new government-funded body Creativity, Culture & Education.

Victim Support has appointed Mike Dixon as director of strategic policy. Dixon has been a special adviser at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and a research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He recently worked in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.

Prudential has re-appointed Kreab Gavin Anderson to handle its public affairs business in Brussels following a competitive pitch. In the UK, the Pru has a long-standing relationship with Lexington Communications.

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