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
’The coverage on the single European currency means that this is a
critical time for British industry to have its views known’ said
’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
The director-general of the CBI, Adair Turner, regularly represents
British industry on TV and in the press.