The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has confirmed that the Government’s preferred candidate for the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists is Alison White.
White is the former interim chief executive of the General Dental Council, and the former interim chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association.
White is currently a non-executive Director to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as well as The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.
She will appear before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee on Thursday 11th September in a ‘pre-appointment hearing’.
PRCA director general Francis Ingham said: “It’s an interesting appointment, but one which raises several questions – notably centred around how much the candidate knows about the real, practical world of lobbying. Distinguishing these realities from the myths and misconceptions that often rear their head is essential to commanding the respect of the Government, the industry and the public.”
Association of Professional Political Consultants chairman Iain Anderson said: “I welcome Alison White to this new post and I wish her well with the task ahead. The APPC will be seeking to continue our constructive dialogue with the Cabinet Office and with the Office of the Lobbying Registrar between now and May 7th in order to ensure that the new Registrar takes on board the concerns that have been raised by our members.
“With just over eight months before the general election the job of establishing the new Lobbying Register will be no mean feat. The new Registrar will need to consult fully with all interested stakeholders, will have to develop a user-friendly and secure website on which to host the new Register and will have to allow third-party lobbyists a number of months in which to compile the correct data for inclusion on the first Register entry.”