Silverman to boost accountancy group’s profile

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has made Andrew Silverman its first director of communications and public affairs with a brief to influence government thinking on corporate governance and accounting standards.

Silverman was most recently director of public affairs at gambling company Betfair but was made redundant at the end of 2004 after less than a year in the job.

ACCA has 320,000 members and students and exists to promote good practice and training in an industry much maligned of late for cases of malpractice.

It wants to raise its profile to policy makers relative to the Institute of Chartered Accountants. ‘We need to be a partner to advise government on corporate governance, financial education and accounting standards,’ said Silverman, who oversees a seven-strong communications operation and

reports to chief executive Allen Blewitt.

Betfair’s lobbying efforts are now overseen by director of communications Mark Davies. The firm is also advised by Quintus Public Affairs.

Prior to Betfair, Silverman was at Brunswick from 1998 advising clients such as British Airways, Nomura and The Jockey Club, and before that spent 12 years in several communications roles in Whitehall.

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