Public Affairs: RSA steals CBI adviser Philips to be first PA chief

FTSE 100 insurer Royal & SunAlliance has poached Jacqueline Philips, a senior policy adviser at the CBI, to become its first group head of public affairs.

Philips joins RSA at the end of May and will report to group head of external communications Phil Wilson Brown.

Philips has worked within the CBI's Brussels-based British Business Bureau since 2002, which exists to advise UK companies on policy developments in the EU. Prior to that she was a public affairs manager at Barclays and at the BioIndustry Association.

Wilson Brown said Philips' 'EU experience' would be 'useful' in tackling a range of insurance industry regulation from Brussels. These include directives on environmental liability and consumer credit. Last summer the EU dropped controversial plans to restrict the right of insurance companies to offer different insurance premiums and products to women due to their lower risk profiles.

According to Wilson Brown, domestic issues include employee liability insurance and climate change.

RSA, whose businesses include the heavily marketed direct-selling brand More Than, continues to use Lexington Communications and Houston Associates for public affairs advice in the UK and Brussels respectively. The consultancies were both brought on board 12 months ago.

RSA's reputation was severely tarnished over the 2002 pensions mis-selling scandal.

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