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UKPAC is overseen by a board comprising three independent members**,  two industry members, and two alternate directors nominated by the industry members. The independent members were recruited by a process which complied with the principles of the Nolan rules for public appointments.

Each member of the board has one vote, and any decisions taken by the board require a majority separately amongst the independent members and amongst the members representing the industry.

** As of 30 June 2014, the board temporarily has one independent director instead of three, while consideration is given to the governance structure.

The Board 

George Kidd

George Kidd: Chairman

George Kidd is Chief Commissioner at the Direct Marketing Commission and a Director and Council Member at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. For eight years George was Chief Executive of PhonepayPlus, the Ofcom regulatory agency for the £1 billion UK market for “phone-paid” services and goods. In addition to his regulatory roles George acts as an advisor to commercial and public bodies on regulatory matters.

Before joining PhonepayPlus, George served as a Director at the Cabinet Office working on regulatory policy at the Better Regulation Executive and Task Force. He was British Consul in Chicago from 1990-1994 promoting US investment into the United Kingdom.

 

 

   
Gill Morris

Gill Morris: APPC

Gill Morris has more than twenty years of direct experience of parliamentary and public affairs work. After five years working in Parliament working for 2 Labour MPs, Gill co-founded the specialist housing and Parliamentary consultancy, Raynsford and Morris Limited in 1987. Gill also set up an independent consultancy practice in 1992 and then went to head up Government and Parliamentary Relations at GCI, part of GREY. She joined Connect in 1994 and undertook a management buy-out in 1997. She now owns Connect Communications and is currently its Chief Executive. Gill has been at the forefront of raising standards and transparency and is a former Chair of the APPC.

Iain Anderson

Iain Anderson: APPC (Alternate Director)

Iain has over 20 years' experience in communications, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has also worked for a range of UK politicians.

Iain was part of the founding team at Cicero Group and focuses on public policy and corporate communications strategy in Europe and North America. He regularly contributes to national and international print and broadcast media including Huffington Post, Sky News and BBC.

Iain is currently Vice Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and immediate past Chairman of the CIPR Public Affairs group. He is ranked in the Total Politics Top 100 Lobbyists and appears in the PR Week Power Book.

He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in New York in May 2012.

 

Simon McVicker: CIPR

Simon has been Head of Public Affairs at the PCG, the voice of freelancing, since January 2009. Before that he headed up public affairs at the Manufacturing Technologies Association and previous to that he was Public Affairs Manager at The Independent Schools Information Service. Simon worked for two years in the 1980s as research assistant to Christopher Chope MP and then worked at Conservative Central Office, running the Conservative Collegiate Forum in its early years. He was a team leader in John Major's Campaign Team at the 1992 General Election. He was also a Councillor in the London Borough of Ealing from 1990 to 1994 and on the Conservative Candidates' list from 1990 to 1995.

 

 

Phil Morgan: CIPR (Alternate Director)

 

Details to follow.

 

Ann Austin: Company Secretary

Ann Austin has almost 20 years’ experience in finance and administration roles. Previously she worked at PhonepayPlus, the premium rate services regulator, where she spent a number of years as Company Secretary, and secretary to various sub-committees alongside her role as Senior Finance Officer.