Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Lansons Communications has completed the acquisition of Foresight Consulting. PRWeek revealed six weeks ago that the two agencies were in advanced talks (15 October). Six-strong Foresight will now be merged into Lansons' existing public affairs arm.

Hanover has hired former FD Public Affairs vice-president Lucy Gilchrist as a senior account director. Gilchrist spent four years at FD before moving to Conservative Party HQ as head of Westminster comms for Scotland in the run-up to the 2010 general election.

A4E, the UK's largest welfare to work provider, has hired Action for Children parliamentary officer Samantha Windett as public affairs manager. Windett started the new role this week. She will support A4e's director of policy and strategy, Jonty Olliff-Cooper, who recently joined from the think-tank Demos.

The UK Public Affairs Council is planning to publicly launch its register of lobbyists in February 2011. The register will combine the quarterly registers operated by the APPC and PRCA, and will feature details of CIPR members classed as lobbyists. CIPR lobbyists, many of whom are in-house operators, have until the end of January to register. Those who fail to do so will be hit by 'non-compliance sanctions' from the CIPR.

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