The Week in Lobbying

Mark Adams, former Lansons Communications head of public affairs, has set up his own practice named The Professional Lobbying Company.

Adams, whose agency currently represents four clients, will be taking on the role of chairman and is now on the lookout for a chief executive.

Emily Walch, a senior consultant at Blue Rubicon, is moving on to work as Vince Cable 's special adviser. Walch worked as Brian Paddick's press secretary during the London Mayoral election in 2008, and has been a senior press officer for the London Assembly Liberal Democrats.

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has brought in agency support to raise awareness of the poultry industry's value to the UK economy. It has chosen Hanover to provide integrated comms advice across both public affairs and PR. This is the BPC's first corporate comms agency appointment as it seeks to raise awareness of the poultry industry's value to UK agriculture and food production.

Conor McGrath, a former lecturer in lobbying and public affairs at the University of Ulster, has launched his own consultancy, called Conor McGrath Public Affairs. McGrath was a founding chairman of the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group.

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