London lobby group nabs Newington corporate boss Muniya Barua
The former CBI director will oversee communications and public affairs at London First.
Business campaign group London First has appointed Newington Communications consultant and former CBI staffer Muniya Barua as its first corporate affairs director.
Barua makes the move after approaching two years as director of corporate affairs at Newington. She joined Mark Glover’s agency after seven years at the CBI, where she held the roles of director of corporate communications and head of news.
Last week, Newington announced that former iNHouse Communications and Fleishman Hillard lobbyist Michelle di Leo was to be the boss of its corporate affairs division.
London First campaigns "to keep London the best city in the world to do business and delivering for the whole of the UK". It represents over 200 leading employers, including Starbucks, Lloyds Banking Group, Airbnb, Berkeley Homes, PwC and Canary Wharf Group.
Barua takes on a newly-created role bringing together London First’s campaigns, communications, public affairs and events teams. She will also look to drive up London First’s profile across Whitehall and City Hall.
London First chief executive Jasmine Whitbread said: “Muniya brings a wealth of experience to London First, from the front-line of news reporting to the boardrooms of business.
“As Brexit approaches, we have to keep policymakers focused on the need to grow the UK economy and create jobs – and that means investing in talent, housing and infrastructure. There are huge challenges ahead but Muniya will help ensure that London’s voice is clearly heard.”