Trade specialist Wenner sets up own consultancy

Clare Wenner, former director of corporate affairs at food firm Geest, has resurfaced at the head of her own public affairs consultancy.

Clare Wenner, former director of corporate affairs at food firm

Geest, has resurfaced at the head of her own public affairs

consultancy.



Called Clare Wenner European Public Affairs and based at offices near

Peterborough, the agency has a support staff of four and specialises in

international trade issues. In particular, it will assist food, drink

and agriculture companies affected by European Union trade rules.



A well known figure in lobbying circles, Wenner quit Geest last February

after the company sold off its banana interests and reduced its in-house

PR staff from five to two (PR Week, 9 February, 1996). She is an

acknowledged expert on the vexed issue of European Union banana imports

by which the EU maintains preferential trade agreements with exporters

from former British and French colonies in the Caribbean.



Prior to Geest Wenner was a director of lobby agency GJW for nine years

and a civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

before that.



In addition to setting up her own firm, Wenner has also entered an

arrangement to provide consultancy services to GJW. She will help

service its existing clients and advise the agency on ways of attracting

new business within the food and other sectors.



Wenner explained that she had been persuaded to re-start her consultancy

career because of the demand from client contacts. In particular, she

said, there were few consultants with the necessary experience and

understanding of complex international trade issues. ’That seems to be

what the market wants me to do and obviously I’ve been missed,’ she

said.



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