Nelson leaves Prison Service for CBI

The Confederation of British Industry has appointed a new director of communications, just as the group seeks to represent the interests of UK businesses in the single european currency debate.

The Confederation of British Industry has appointed a new director

of communications, just as the group seeks to represent the interests of

UK businesses in the single european currency debate.



Audrey Nelson, currently the head of communication at the Prison Service

will join the CBI in December. She succeeds Stephen Horn, who left in

September to become operations director at broadcast PR firm Bulletin

International.



’The coverage on the single European currency means that this is a

critical time for British industry to have its views known’ said

Nelson.



’With a new Government we have many new MPs who are not familiar with

the interests of British businesses.’



The CBI will stage its annual conference on the 9-11 November. It is

expected to generate significant publicity with its heavyweight roll

call of speakers. Gordon Brown, Margaret Beckett, David Blunkett,

William Hague and Paddy Ashdown will all give speeches, with Tony Blair

appearing by video-link.



Nelson has been with the Prison Service for six years. Previously she

worked in communications at the Home Office, the Department of Trade and

Industry, the Office of Fair Trading, and the Department of Social

Security.



The director-general of the CBI, Adair Turner, regularly represents

British industry on TV and in the press.



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