Changing of the guard at APPC as Bristow takes over from Glover
The healthcare lobbyist said he was 'humbled' to be the new chair.
PB Consulting founder Paul Bristow has set out his priorities for the Association of Professional Political Consultants after being elected as the new chair as last night's AGM.
Bristow is a former Tory aide who spent four years as a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham Council and stood as a Conservative party candidate in the 2010 general election.
He also set up PB Consulting in 2010. Recent clients of the now 11-strong agency include Association of British Healthcare Industries, College of Podiatry and Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease.
The healthcare lobbyist takes over the chairmanship of the APPC from Newington CEO Mark Glover.
Glover said: "Paul will continue to protect and promote the Code of Conduct of the APPC, which is the industry gold standard, and I believe the organisation is in good hands for the next twelve months. The management team remains strong and the membership vibrant and focused on protecting the image and practice of public affairs in the UK."
Bristow said: "I'm humbled to take on this role. One of the first things I did after I set up my agency was to join APPC because I recognised the vital role the organisation plays in driving up transparency and high ethical standards across the industry. It's an honour to take on this position and I'm fortunate to be supported by an exceptionally talented and experienced Management Committee."
Setting out his priorities for the next 12 months, Bristow stated: "We need to maintain our effective relationship with ORCL to ensure the Statutory Register does not extend its brief beyond the legislative parameters and to ensure that everyone who acts as a professional third party lobbyist signs up to the Statutory Register, be they lawyers, management consultancies or think tanks.
"The APPC must challenge ourselves to ensure we do not rest on our laurels, and that we evolve over the next 12 months, responding the changing regulatory environment that we face. At the same time we must protect those elements of APPC that make us distinctive, which our members value and which enhance the reputation of our industry."
"Finally, APPC membership is a significant commitment for our members which is why I would like to explore the potential for additional benefits. Mandatory APPC membership to qualify for participation in pitches is something I'd like to look into further and which will be on our agenda for the upcoming APPC strategy meeting."