Citigate loses senior duo to College Public Policy

Former Citigate Public Affairs chief Warwick Smith has raided his old agency for two of its top lobbyists.

Smith has swooped to bring James Nason and Alex Harrison to his new firm, College Public Policy, three months after he joined as managing partner (PRWeek, 20 October 2006).

Nason, previously managing director at Citigate, becomes a partner at the fledgling firm. He started this week and will act as Smith’s right-hand man, helping him to lead the firm’s entry into the lobbying arena.

Harrison, previously acc­ount director at Citigate, started working for College Public Policy earlier this month on a part-time basis. It is understood that he will spend around two days a week at the new practice and the remai­ning time as a freelance consultant.

Smith, a former chair of the APPC, confirmed the appointments but declined to comment further. He quit as Citigate’s senior MD in August 2006 after 17 years (PRWeek, 1 September 2006).

College Public Policy is an arm of City firm College Hill, and Smith’s brief is to build up a PA offering in London, Brussels and Washington. He has previously told PRWeek he would look to rec­ruit ‘government relations experts’ and ‘good
political media handlers’.

Prior to Citigate, Smith spent 16 years in the civil service.

MEANWHILE... Citigate Public Affairs has been app­ointed by one of the companies that maintains and operates the Oyster ticketing system used across the central London transport network.

Citigate will seek to raise the profile of Cubic among parliamentarians and the London Assembly, pending a possible expansion of the scheme.

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