Opinion: My Best Hire - Liam McArthur

Brad Staples, chief executive EMEA of APCO, on the 'instinctively political' Liam McArthur.

'Even before interviewing Liam, I sensed he'd make an impact. I had been advised to look beyond his green socks and, indeed, what he lacked in sartorial attention to detail, he more than made up for in intellect and energy.

'He is instinctively political, a committed but clear-headed pro-European. An exceptional networker, Liam builds strong links to senior politicians and their administrative assistants alike. He mixes his business and social lives effortlessly and his friendships were of real benefit.

'Although his Edinburgh accent was not always understood by his continental colleagues, Liam built close relationships in Brussels, London and across APCO.'

Liam McArthur is now special adviser to Scotland's deputy first minister, Jim Wallace MSP.

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