APPC AGM on 13 May 2013

In an uncontested election, Michael Burrell, APCO Worldwide, was elected Chair of the APPC, with Iain Anderson, Cicero Consulting, elected as Deputy Chair.

Seven members were elected to the APPC Management Committee:

Paul Beckford, Cogitamus

Ralph Jackson, Lansons

Richard Jukes, Grayling

Nicholas Lansman, Political Intelligence

Alex Mawer, Lexington Communications

James O’Keefe, Tetra Strategy

Chris Rumfitt, Edelman


Past Chairs who remain members of the Management Committee are:

Helen Johnson, Helen Johnson Consulting Ltd

Robbie MacDuff, College Public Policy

Gill Morris, Connect Communications

Warwick Smith, College Public Policy


Fourteen members were elected to the Young Consultants’ Committee.


The meeting reviewed the APPC’s Annual Report.  The main focus has continued to be the proposed statutory register of lobbyists.  Building on the previous year’s work, the APPC has co-operated with CIPR and PRCA to produce a definition of lobbying activity for the register, which has been submitted to the Cabinet Office.  The APPC has continued to press for the register to include in-house practitioners and other third-party organisations, such as law and accountancy firms.


The meeting agreed steps to be taken to open APPC membership to in-house PA teams and individuals employed as PA practitioners, planned to come into effect in July 2013.


The meeting also heard that APPC now has a record 78 members, with nine new joiners since the 2012 AGM.  This significant increase acknowledges the value for PA firms of being part of the APPC and its self-regulatory regime.


Chair Michael Burrell said:


“It is an honour to be entrusted with this role for a second term. The lobbying industry faces a crucial juncture with plans to introduce a statutory lobbying register still being considered by the Government. My over-riding priority over the next 12 months will be to ensure that the APPC continues to make a powerful case to Government and officials about the need for a workable and effective register that commands public confidence. Crucially it must encompass not just public affairs consultancies, but also other multi-client firms who are involved in lobbying, such as law firms, as well as in-house practitioners. This 'universality' component is absolutely crucial the success of any register and is something I and the APPC will be pushing hard to secure." 


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