Paul Bristow (L) & Mark Glover (R)


At the APPC's Annual General Meeting this evening (19 June) the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) elected Paul Bristow, Founder of PB Consulting, as its new chairman, succeeding outgoing chairman Mark Glover.

Paul Bristow, chairman of the APPC, said: "I'm humbled to take on this role. One of the first things I did after I set up my agency was to join APPC because I recognised the vital role the organisation plays in driving up transparency and high ethical standards across the industry. It's an honour to take on this position and I'm fortunate to be supported by an exceptionally talented and experienced Management Committee."
Mark Glover said: "Paul will continue to protect and promote the Code of Conduct of the APPC, which is the industry gold standard, and I believe the organisation is in good hands for the next twelve months. The management team remains strong and the membership vibrant and focused on protecting the image and practice of public affairs in the UK." Paul Bristow added: "I would like to register my great appreciation to Mark Glover for his hard work, diligence and leadership over the last 12 months. I take over the chair with APPC in a strong position and I thank Mark and the Management Committee for their excellent work supporting our members and ensuring that we have a strong voice across a series of debates about lobbying registers around the UK."

Paul set out a number of priorities for APPC over the next 12 months: 

"We need to maintain our effective relationship with ORCL to ensure the Statutory Register does not extend its brief beyond the legislative parameters and to ensure that everyone who acts as a professional third party lobbyist signs up to the Statutory Register, be they lawyers, management consultancies or think tanks.  
"The APPC must challenge itself to ensure we do not rest on our laurels, and that we evolve over the next 12 months, responding the changing regulatory environment that we face. At the same time we must protect those elements of APPC that make us distinctive, which our members value and which enhance the reputation of our industry including our code of conduct."  

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