Stuart Thomson on Lobbying in the United Kingdom


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Stuart Thomson is the Head of Public Affairs at BDB Pitmans. He is a public policy and communications specialist advising clients on all elements of their public affairs strategies including political and corporate communications and reputation management. He is a CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner (Chart. PR).

His work also includes consultation and planning communications and he has advised on a number of high profile media relations and crisis communications programmes.

Stuart is an honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and is the author of several books including ‘New Activism and the Corporate Response‘ (heralded as a book that “every aspiring business leader should read” by MIS Asia), ‘Public Affairs in Practice’ and ‘The Dictionary of Labour Quotations‘. His most recently published book, ‘Public Affairs: A Global Perspective’ has been called ‘an absolute treasure-trove’ and is a recommended read by the Government Communication Service (GCS).

Stuart regularly writes and lectures on a range of business and political issues and as well as blogging for BDB Pitmans he contributes to the Huffington Post and has a monthly opinion column for Finito World. He is an adviser to the Entrepreneurs Network (TEN), a speaker and chair at conferences, and has appeared regularly in the media.

He won the ‘Best Current Affairs Influencer’ category at Vuelio’s Online Influence Awards 2020.

Stuart runs a number of training programmes for the CIPR and PRCA including a Diploma in Public Affairs Management.

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