NEWS: B-M appoints Smith to handle public affairs

Lesley Smith, former head of government and public affairs for Railtrack, has re-emerged as a director of Burson-Marsteller’s government and public affairs practice.

Lesley Smith, former head of government and public affairs for

Railtrack, has re-emerged as a director of Burson-Marsteller’s

government and public affairs practice.



Smith, who left Railtrack in June 1995 to study for an MBA at the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, joins B-M as a director

in January.



A Labour activist and former spokesman for ex-deputy Labour leader Roy

Hattersley, Smith joined ScotRail as public affairs manager in 1992. She

moved to the new track authority, Railtrack, when it was hived off from

British Rail in 1993 and left last year in the run-up to privatisation.



Since returning from the US Smith has been working for Railtrack’s

commercial director Michael Howell.



Smith’s is the latest of several recent hirings by B-M’s government and

public affairs division which last week announced the appointment of

Quentin Browell, deputy MD of Ludgate Laud, as a director.



MD Jeremy Galbraith explained that from 1 January he will be

responsible for B-M’s European government relations network and wanted a

team who could take on much of the day-to-day management responsibility

for the UK.



Commenting on Smith’s background, Galbraith said: ‘I was looking for

someone with exceptional government relations experience - they just

happened to have a very good understanding of Labour.’



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