Public Affairs: Think-tank SMF in private sector bid

The new director of influential think-tank The Social Market Foundation has pledged to better engage with deregulation and competition issues.

Ann Rossiter said she planned to appoint a chief economist for the first time at the SMF, which has traditionally tabled proposals on public service reform and social policy.

She said it was eager to 'hear from PA practitioners in business about upcoming issues', and wanted to contribute to 'lessening regulatory burdens on business'.

Rossiter, formerly a director of Fishburn Hedges, replaces Phil Collins, who left to work as the PM's senior policy adviser after the election.

Fellow think-tank The Institute of Public Policy Research is also aiming to boost its intellectual firepower on economic matters (PRWeek, 8 July).

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