The London Chamber of Commerce has hired Andrew Hawkins formerly head of
polling company Harris Research’s Political Research Unit, as its first
director of policy and PR.
Hawkins joined the organisation - which claims to be London’s largest
business representative body - three weeks ago to head up its eight-
strong policy unit, and will shortly be appointing its first press
The position is a new one and combines responsibility for policy and
research - previously headed by Dr Amer Hirmis - with media relations
Hawkins said that following the departure of Hirmis last year, the LCCI
decided to upgrade the position and combine it with a PR role ‘in
particular to take advantage of a number of opportunities coming up,
including the activity around the Millennium’.
This was, said Hawkins, an opportunity for the LCCI to raise its own
profile and that of the various campaigns it was involved in. ‘If the
chamber is going to be an effective campaigning organisation, it needs
to have a much higher profile,’ said Hawkins. ‘There are a lot more
bodies in the field - we’re not here to shout louder than anyone else
but we do have our own message to convey’.
Part of the British Chamber of Commerce network, the LCCI is funded by
its 3,500 members and exists to ‘help London business succeed by
promoting their interests and expanding their opportunities as members
of a worldwide business network’.
A qualified barrister, Hawkins joined lobbyist Market Access
International in 1989, and later took over joint responsibility for the
group’s research arm, Access Opinions before moving to Harris.