GPC Market Access, the largest specialist public affairs agency in
Brussels, has poached Louise Harvey from Shandwick Brussels, where she
was managing director of the public affairs division.
Harvey joins as a director and will report to GPC’s Brussels MD Caroline
Wunnerlich. Harvey worked at the Foreign Office for 13 years, and was
posted as a diplomat to Tanzania and The Hague.
She joined Shandwick in 1985 and was one of the founding directors of
Shandwick public affairs unit in London. In 1991 she was appointed
Shandwick’s country manager in Holland. She founded the Brussels
business in 1995.
The public affairs division now employs seven people and its clients
include North West Airlines, 3i and Compaq.
Shandwick director Douwe Cosijn will replace Harvey as MD. He joined the
agency in January this year from the Brussels office of law firm
Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly, where he was a consultant specialising
in EU policy.
In November last year GPC poached Maria Laptev, the divisional director
of Charles Barker’s Brussels office. Laptev joined GPC after almost ten
years with Charles Barker. She joined as a director and is responsible
for external affairs with central Europe and Canada.
GPC has a fee income of pounds 3 million in Brussels, and employs 35
The agency has a network of affiliated public affairs agencies across
Europe. Brussels clients include Sainsbury’s and the Association of
Plastic Manufacturers in Europe.