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