Ross takes up new public policy role with ABI

Alastair RossInsurance industry body the ABI has appointed Alastair Ross to a new role as Head of Public Policy (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) as part of its ongoing work to strengthen engagement with policymakers in the devolved nations.

Mr Ross, currently director of public policy with international law firm Pinsent Masons, will be based in Edinburgh. He will lead the ABI’s growing engagement with the elected and executive bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Louise Hanson, the ABI’s director of advocacy, said: “In an increasingly devolved United Kingdom, developing and explaining policy that works for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is increasingly important.

“Alastair brings with him a depth of experience and knowledge that will put the ABI in good stead to ensure the insurance industry is well understood across the whole of the UK.”

Mr Ross has almost 20 years of experience in lobbying. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Convener of industry body the Association for Scottish Public Affairs. He began his career in newspapers and then public relations. Before joining Pinsent Masons he managed government relations for Bank of Scotland and then HBOS.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the ABI as we move into an important phase of devolution in the UK with the administrations in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff receiving new powers and responsibilities.

“It’s becoming more important for business to engage with the devolved levels of government across the UK and I’m looking forward to leading the ABI’s work in this area.”

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