Chomczuk checks in as new convenor of Scottish public affairs body

Written by Rod Muir on 6 December 2017 in News

Callum Chomczuk takes over from Alastair Ross.

Pagoda Porter Novelli account director Callum Chomczuk has been named as the new chair of the Association for Scottish Public Affairs.

Chomczuk, a former parliamentary office for Age Scotland, replaces Alastair Ross who stepped down this month after serving as convenor for seven years.

ASPA was established in 1998 by public affairs and policy practitioners in Scotland and now has over 100 members drawn from businesses, charities, consultancies, membership organisations, and trade associations. All members sign up to a code of conduct which “sets out an expectation of integrity when lobbying decision makers”.

The change of leadership comes as the Scottish lobbying register is due to go live by April 2018 and the Scottish government has been advised to organise a public education campaign about lobbying.

Chomczuk said: "The implementation of the Lobbying Act next year will herald a new way of working for public affairs practitioners in Scotland, with all face to face communication with MSPs potentially registerable.

"Under Alastair’s leadership ASPA has been at the forefront of communicating the implications of these changes to those working in public affairs in Scotland. I look forward to working with the committee and membership to ensure that ASPA members continue to provide a benchmark in good practice and transparency, as well as increasing regard and recognition of the value of lobbying to the decision making process in Scotland."

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