Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The UK Public Affairs Council is interviewing for a permanent chairman and two board members.

The council is being established by the APPC, CIPR and PRCA primarily to oversee a new voluntary register of lobbyists. The three bodies are pushing ahead despite the Government's plans for a statutory register. CIPR board member Keith Johnston said: 'The CIPR will work with the Government to build on the UKPAC model and ensure all lobbyists sign up.'

The Carbon Trust's head of government affairs is leaving after just over 18 months. Matthew Spencer will join environmental think-tank Green Alliance as its new director, replacing Stephen Hale, now deputy advocacy and campaigns director at Oxfam International.

APPC chair Robbie MacDuff has stood down, to be replaced by Helen Johnson. MacDuff, partner at College Public Policy, stood down at the recent AGM, after his two-year term ended. Johnson, MD of Helen Johnson Consulting, was elected unopposed as his replacement. Mandate Communications director Gavin Devine has been elected deputy chair. Eight lobbyists were also elected to the APPC management committee, with new members including Nick Williams of Fleishman-Hillard and David Bertram of EUK Consulting.

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