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New Director of Strategy and Policy for London First

London First, the business organisation which represents over 300 of the capital’s leading companies, has today announced the appointment of John Dickie as Director of Strategy and Policy.

John will take up his new appointment on Monday 17 March 2008.  He will be responsible for co-ordinating policy across all of London First’s portfolios. Besides wide-ranging policy and strategy responsibilities, John will also join the executive management of the organisation.

John joins London First from his role as the BBC’s Head of Corporate Affairs. He joined the BBC in 2003 as Head of Political & Parliamentary Affairs and has worked in Policy & Strategy and then Operations before joining the BBC’s Marketing, Communications & Audience Division in his current role in November 2006.  He led development and communication of the BBC’s position on the recent Communications Act, and over Charter Review and the Licence Fee.

Before joining the BBC, he spent two years as Regulatory Affairs Director of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association and as a public policy consultant, initially with Prima (1989–1998) and then GPC (1998-2000), providing policy and political advice to major UK and international companies.

John is also a former Deputy Leader of Camden Council.

Irving Yass, current Director of Policy at London First, will continue as adviser to the organisation.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“John has deep understanding of the interplay between Whitehall departments and the business community. His keen ability to identify and drive forward distinctive policy positions will further strengthen London First as we increase our campaigning for London business, especially on critical issues such as airports and East End regeneration.”

John Dickie added: “I am really looking forward to joining London First and to working with its members to help ensure that our world class city becomes a better place in which to work, live and do business.”

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Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.

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