BT hires Camelot's Fyfe for parliamentary post

BT has recruited Camelot lobbyist Clova Fyfe as head of parliamentary affairs to oversee the telecoms firm’s relationships with MPs, peers and think-tanks. She will also organise its events programme around the party conferences.

Fyfe joins on 5 June and will report to BT director of public affairs Tim O'Sullivan. Her focus will be on the retail side of BT's business, which is expanding beyond its traditional territory as a fixed-line telecoms provider. Its BT Fusion mobile phone service automatically charges users landline rates when making calls from the home, and this autumn the company will launch a broadband TV service.

O'Sullivan said BT wanted to ensure there would be 'appropriate investment to encourage innovation', and that regulation would take account of the convergence of technologies.

O'Sullivan held the role of head of PA and parliamentary affairs at BT before his promotion last year (PRWeek, 4 March 2005).

Fyfe joined Camelot in 2001, where she worked on the Gambling Bill as public policy and PA manager. She left 14 months ago to set up a government relations function at record industry body the BPI before returning to Camelot this February, providing PA support for a particular project.

At BT she will work alongside head of Whitehall relations Clare Macnamara and head of policy Robin Seaman, both of whom report also to O'Sullivan.

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