Scottish Power hires GPC’s Lappin as top lobbyist

Scottish Power has hired Andrew Lappin, the former special adviser to ex-Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam, as its top lobbyist.

He will be based in London and joins at the beginning of December from GPC International, where he is a senior policy adviser, with Scottish Power one of his key clients.

He will replace Jamie Maxton, who is based in Glasgow and is leaving to join Scottish public affairs agency Greenhaus Communications.

Lappin will report to head of government affairs Gaynor Kenyon, who is based at the energy company’s North-West office near The Wirral. Kenyon, who handles the company’s community relations and CSR activities, said: ‘The energy industry is very exciting at the moment and Andrew has plenty of experience of the workings of Westminster.’

She added that a number of policy developments pending in Westminster

necessitated that Lappin’s role be based in London.

The company continues to retain GPC.

Lappin will be charged with representing Scottish Power’s interest in renewable energy and carbon trading, with climate change expected to be a policy focus at next year’s G8 summit chaired by the UK.

Lappin joined GPC in April 2002.

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