In a move that shows London mayoral activity continues to send ripples through the PR and campaigns industry, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appointed a new head of transport and sustainability campaigns.
Dirk Paterson joins from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a human rights NGO, where he worked as a lobbyist for the past two years. Before that he worked as an employment lobbyist for the European Youth Forum in Brussels during the UK presidency. He joins a team of three other lobbyists at the London Chamber and reports to campaigns manager Stephen Crabb.
As a strategy is developed by the mayoral office for tackling London's transport problems, including proposals for congestion charging in central London, Paterson will be responsible for ensuring that the interests of the business community are served adequately. He will initially be working on a response to the consultation paper on the issue sent out by the mayoral office.
'Dirk's track record in Westminster speaks for itself. We look forward to him building on our recent successes and maximising the contribution London business needs to make to the transport debate in the capital,' Crabb said.
One of Paterson's first projects will be the continuation of the Business for T5 campaign, lobbying MPs and opinion formers on the proposal to build another terminal at London's Heathrow airport.
The campaign will build up to the end of the year, when the public enquiry report is due. The London Chamber hopes to get a decision on the project before an anticipated spring general election.