Fox promises BSA review

Mark Fox, the director of comms and public affairs at the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) will conduct an agency review when he becomes chief exec­utive of a lobby group for outsourcing companies next month.

Fox: takes BSA chief exective role in November
Fox: takes BSA chief exective role in November

He also plans to review general public affairs and PR support within the Business Services Association (BSA), which could result in the appointment of its first comms and PA staff.

Fox is currently covering for former BVCA chief exec­utive Peter Linthwaite who resigned after failing to see-off mounting criticism of the private-equity industry. The BVCA announced two weeks ago that Reuters’ top PRO Simon Walker is to rep­lace Linthwaite, and will join the firm on 1 November.

At the BSA, Fox said he would strive to ensure policy makers and commentators understand what the outsourcing industry contributes, maintain the sector’s ‘competitive advantages’ and raise the profile of the BSA.

‘The BSA and its companies are at the heart of government initiatives and are increasingly under media scrutiny,’ said Fox. ‘PFIs [private finance initiatives] and partnering properly with the private sector involves BSA members. They are also crucial to the economy.’

In the last month, the BSA spoke out on its website against a study of the cost of NHS PFI schemes by the Edinburgh University Centre for International Public Health Policy.

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