Abbie Sampson

Sampson gets Energy UK gig

12 October 2016

Which? head of news Abbie Sampson has been appointed as director of external affairs at trade body Energy UK.

Sampson takes up the new post in January, after five years at Which? Before...

Lord Maude

Law firm moves for Maude

11 October 2016

The Conservative peer Lord Maude has taken a senior government affairs post at a law firm, despite industry attempts to clamp down on such appointments.

Lord Maude has joined Covington as...

Richard Royal

Royal heads up to Hull

10 October 2016

Former Ladbrokes and Britvic lobbyist Richard Royal has taken up a post as head of government affairs for a Hull-based producer of bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

Richard Royal...

West Ham payers celebrate

Public affairs is now a team sport

20 October 2016

What qualities make a great public affairs practitioner? It’s a standard interview question and one which I have often asked, but is there a secret ingredient?

This is the point at which...

Southern Rail

The curious case of the Southern communications fail

11 October 2016

The fallout from the recent Southern advertising campaign targeting the RMT union is likely to last far beyond the next round of strike action.

The call for passengers to tell the RMT how...


A reflection on politics and public affairs

21 September 2016

For the last thirty years I have been at the forefront of what is called the public affairs industry. I have run some of the most successful and famous campaigns and advised many of the most...

George McGregor

Lunch with… George McGregor

19 September 2016

I meet with Interel’s George McGregor in the midst of Labour’s latest crisis, with Corbyn apparently on track for his second leadership victory. I joked that George must be happy with the world...

Chris Pond

Chris Pond interview: I would not want to be an MP now

8 September 2016

Politicians have various methods of coping with crushing defeats. A common response is to grow a beard. Or to go on Strictly Come Dancing.

Since losing his Commons seat in 2005,...

Phil Hickley

Lunch with... Phil Hickley

22 July 2016

The tone of this interview was very different to most of the PAN interviews I’ve enjoyed over the past year.

Now please don’t take offence, previous lunch guests. I'm not necessarily...