Government Affairs Group

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The Government Affairs Group (GAG) is a UK industry association for communication and public affairs professionals. It is a sectoral group of the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the representative body of the UK public relations industry. It is possible to join GAG without being a member of the CIPR.

It has been renamed CIPR Public Affairs.


GAG members are not only 'lobbyists' but include communication professionals who have regular dealings with government in its widest sense. This includes all levels of government such as at Westminster or Whitehall, at the institutions of the European Union, or in the devolved parliaments and assemblies: Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly.

Members of GAG can be in-house, freelance or consultancy-based. Their work covers all aspects of public affairs and is not limited to lobbying. Members of GAG can work for government agencies, provide services to government or write about government. All members of GAG are bound by a Code of Conduct, agreed at the 2003 AGM. [1]

Committee members


Executive Committee

Committee members

Former committee members

  • Jonathan Bracken - Chairman / Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell
  • Simon Gordon MIPR - Vice Chairman / Public Affairs Consultant
  • Lionel Zetter FIPR - Vice Chairman / Managing Director, PMS Group plc
  • Elizabeth Brogan - Membership Secretary / Policy Officer, National Landlords Association
  • Robert Khan - Secretary / Parliamentary & Public Affairs Manager Association of London Government
  • Keith Johnston - AMIPR Treasurer / Communications Manager, Society of Trust & Estate Practioners
  • Louisa Stevens - Policy Executive, English Community Care Association
  • George Crozier - Website Secretary / Senior Politcal Advisor, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Resource Centre
  • Deborah Powton - FIPR FRSA / Director, Sam Weller Associates (PR)
  • Daniel Murphy - Events Secretary / Public Affairs Manager, National Care Standards Commission
  • Phil Murphy - Head of European Public Affairs, Advertising Association[3]

External links

Government Affairs Group -


  1. Government Affairs Group, About Us
  2. 2.0 2.1 CIPR Committee, accessed 30 March 2015
  3. Government Affairs Group, Committee Members