Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

APCO vice-chairman, public affairs, Europe Michael Burrell has been appointed as the APPC's chairman. In this week's Soap Box (left), he outlines his plans for the committee in the coming year.

The Whitehouse Consultancy has promoted Carl Thomson to the position of senior consultant. Thomson, who joined the Whitehouse team in March 2010, previously served as a researcher to Theresa May MP, then shadow secretary of state for the family and for culture, media & sport.

Invicta, the Edinburgh-based public affairs consultancy, has launched a magazine to cover business and politics issues in Scotland. Invicta Vista will be published three times a year and is available online, as an iPad app.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has called for the statutory register of lobbyists to make it clear whether they are married to ministers. The committee also stated that it should include ministers' close relatives and all ex-MPs - even if they are not ministers.

ADS, a trade association for firms in the defence, aerospace, security and space sectors, has named Howard Wheeldon as managing director policy, public affairs and media. He replaces Derek Marshall, who has retired.

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