Financial services PR consultancy MRM has hired a senior FCA associate to launch a public affairs division.
The firm has recruited FCA senior public affairs associate Havard Hughes as head of public affairs with immediate effect.
The new division will offer clients services including parliamentary and political intelligence, parliamentary counsel, government and opposition relations, and regulatory affairs.
Hughes says: “The ever expanding range of laws and regulations from Westminster, the FCA, the EU and international sources means it is vital that those involved in financial services are able to make their case to legislators.
“As we head towards the general election, financial services will feature prominently. It is vital that that those involved in financial services engage in this conversation to make sure that it is an informed debate.”
MRM director Andrew Appleyard says: “It has been our intention for some time to enhance our existing offering to include parliamentary relations and regulatory affairs.
“Hughes is a regulatory insider with a comprehensive understanding of the political challenges the financial industry faces and we are thrilled to have him on the team.”