PRCA-APPC merger takes shape as new committee gets off the ground
Paul Bristow and Francis Ingham are driving forward the new set-up.
The merger of the PRCA and APPC has officially got underway with the creation of a new 27-strong PRCA public affairs board executive committee.
The new committee – which has its own Twitter handle - has been formed by combining the new defunct APPC management committee and the PRCA public affairs and lobbying group.
The committee’s chair is former APPC chair and PB Consulting founder Paul Bristow. As former chairman of the PRCA public affairs and lobbying group, industry stalwart Lionel Zetter also gets a place on the new board.
While 20 different consultancies are represented on the new board, only one outfit has two representatives. Weber Shandwick director Simon Pugh and account director Emma Pointer both get a place, but a PRCA source stressed that the Weber Shandwick bias on the board was not intentional. “There’s no design behind it,” they insisted.
Rather, Pugh was on the APPC management committee and Pointer was vice chair of the PRCA public affairs and lobbying group.
PRCA director general Francis Ingham said: "I welcome Paul Bristow as the first public affairs board chair… I would also like to thank him and industry legend Lionel Zetter for their leadership and vision.
"This is a defining moment for the public affairs industry. By creating one unified body, we will pursue our common goal of making the case for lobbying as a democratic necessity and as an ethical and professional practice more effectively than ever before.
"Those of us who campaigned for merger did so on the basis of clear commitments laid out in our MoU. Those commitments will now be delivered speedily and in full, combining the best of both organisations."
Of the 44 former APPC members who were not previously PRCA members, 41 have now confirmed their membership with the PRCA. PAN understands that Citigate Dewe Rogerson is the biggest agency yet to have switched from the APPC to the PRCA.
“The vast majority of those who opposed merger have decided to transfer their membership across from the APPC,” said Ingham. “This shows that the industry now wishes to make this merger work, and to make discord a thing of the past. Which is precisely what we shall do, starting today.”
The inaugural meeting of the new executive committee takes place on Thursday, 5th November at the PRCA.
PRCA public affairs board executive committee – full membership
• Paul Bristow CMPRCA, PB Consulting (Chair)
• Will Chambré MPRCA, Chambré Public Affairs (Northern Ireland)
• Peter Duncan MPRCA , Message Matters (Scotland)
• Cathy Owens MPRCA, Deryn (Wales)
• Jenny Powell MPRCA, Headland Consultancy (YCC)
• Iain Anderson FPRCA, Cicero Group
• Laura Blake MPRCA, Connect
• Michael Burrell FPRCA, Michael Burrell Consultancy
• Darren Caplan FPRCA, Railway Industry Association
• Zoë Chadwick MPRCA, National House Building Council
• Paul Church CMPRCA, The Whitehouse Consultancy
• Antonio Dorileo MPRCA, Food and Drink Federation
• Dean Duke MPRCA, Cavendish Communications
• Andrew Gill MPRCA, University of Kingston
• Mark Glover CMPRCA, Newington
• Liam Herbert MPRCA, Chelgate
• Helen Johnson MPRCA, Helen Johnson Consulting
• Henk van Klaveren MPRCA, Airport Operators Association
• Robbie MacDuff MPRCA, BECG
• Dave McCullough MPRCA, Riverside Communications
• George McGregor MPRCA, Interel
• Emma Petela MPRCA, GK Strategy
• Emma Pointer MPRCA, Weber Shandwick
• Simon Pugh MPRCA, Weber Shandwick
• Chris Rogers MPRCA, iNHouse Communications
• Warwick Smith MPRCA, Instinctif Partners
• Lionel Zetter FPRCA, Zetter’s Political Services