PwC recruits PA director from accountancy body

PricewaterhouseCoopers has poached the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (ICA) head of comms Brian Bannister to take the new role of UK director of public affairs.

Bannister, who has been at the ICA for three-and-a-half years, is to join PwC at the end of March. He will become PwC’s most senior public affairs figure who is not a partner in the firm, and will sit on the consulting firm’s UK public affairs board.

‘In the light of Enron and Parmalat, we needed a very senior individual in the arena of public affairs to monitor the progress of any forthcoming regulation,’ said PwC partner and head of professional affairs Peter Wyman, to whom Wyman reports.

Wyman added that issues such as the Companies Bill, which is going to committee stage in the House of Lords, would come under Bannister’s brief this year.

Other members of the board include PwC head of media relations Jon Bunn and Wyman himself, who chairs the eight-member public affairs board.

PwC’s head of global public affairs, Mark Hatcher, left the consultancy last October (PRWeek, 9 October 2003).

The ICA hopes to find a replacement for Bannister before the end of March.

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