Lobbying for tobacco and gambling

Association of British Bookmakers chief executive Dirk Vennix previously oversaw public affairs for the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association. He tells Richard Welbirg what it’s like being under ‘sustained assault’

Neil Sinden

NEIL SINDEN: Protecting the countryside from parish to Parliament

Ian Hall interviews the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Neil Sinden, a self-declared ‘policy wonk’ working overtime because of the Government’s controversial planning reforms

Andrew Scadding

ANDREW SCADDING: The Beeb’s Tory champion for politicians of all hues

Andrew Scadding’s career has been spent in two of the country’s best-known institutions. The BBC’s top public affairs man talks to Adam Hill about life with the Conservative Party, licence renewal – and his addiction to TV show Holby City

Charlotte Cool

CHARLOTTE COOL: Cool makes the running as John Lewis seizes zeitgeist

In slightly unlikely fashion, a business owned by its workers and revered by shoppers is now the political flavour of the moment. Charlotte Cool, head of public affairs at the John Lewis Partnership, explains all to Adam Hill

Thierry Philipponnat

THIERRY PHILIPPONNAT: 'At any high-level meeting in Brussels I will be there'

Thierry Philipponnat – a former banker from a champagne-producing family – tells Ian Hall why he became leader of the banking sector’s new ‘counter-lobby’, Finance Watch

Nick von Westenholz

NICK VON WESTENHOLZ: Farmers’ friend at the helm of the NFU’s ‘broad church’

Drought, bovine TB, planning, the Common Agricultural Policy, even Chinese lanterns – Nick von Westenholz has a view on them all. Adam Hill meets the National Farmers’ Union’s recently promoted government affairs chief

Caroline Wunnerlich

CAROLINE WUNNERLICH: The ‘survivor’ goes global after two decades at F-H

Fleishman-Hillard’s Brussels supremo, Caroline Wunnerlich, has just been promoted to the agency’s global management. Here she tells Ian Hall about her career in EU public affairs

Adam Marshall

ADAM MARSHALL: Marshall’s growth plan as British business champion

The Coalition wants a private sector-led recovery, and the British Chambers of Commerce can help – provided politicians know when to “get out of the way”, its director of policy and external affairs, Adam Marshall, tells Adam Hill

Iain Anderson

IAIN ANDERSON: Bundle of lobbying energy puts Cicero at heart of City

As financial services agency Cicero celebrates its 10th birthday, its director Iain Anderson talks to Ian Hall

Matthew Spencer

MATTHEW SPENCER: Eco-scrutineer on alert to Cameron’s green pledge

Is the government on track to meet its pledge to be the ‘greenest ever’? Ian Hall asks Matthew Spencer as he nears the end of his first year at think-tank Green Alliance

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