NEWS: Brunswick man to give policy advice to Major

Simon Walker, a partner with financial PR firm Brunswick, has taken leave of absence to become a policy adviser to Prime Minister John Major.

Simon Walker, a partner with financial PR firm Brunswick, has taken

leave of absence to become a policy adviser to Prime Minister John

Major.



Walker, who quit Hill and Knowlton in Brussels to head up Brunswick’s

public affairs activities in May 1994, joined the Number Ten policy unit

two weeks ago. His main areas of responsibility currently are the

private finance initiative and the City.



Headed by Norman Blackwell, the policy unit provides policy advice and

analysis to the Prime Minster. A key part of its role is to look for new

ideas and angles in the run-up to the election.



Walker is not the first PR man to make the move - Jonathan Hill joined

the Policy Unit from Lowe Bell and went on to become the PM’s political

secretary. He rejoined Lowe Bell in 1994.



Prior to joining Brunswick, Walker was MD of H&K in Brussels for three

years. Although Brunswick has never claimed to compete with specialist

lobbying firms it has tried to position itself as a ‘campaigning agency’

with clients such as British Airways and the Malaysian Timber Council.



Meanwhile Brunswick has appointed a new partner - former head of

programming at Select TV’s cable station The People’s Channel James

Hogan. Susan Gilchrist has also been made a full partner.



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