James Atkins is the managing director, US corporate and financial practice at lobbyists Burson Marsteller. He was previously deputy chairman of public affairs for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) and managing director of strategy, business development and digital EMEA
Atkins began his career in 2000 in the European Parliament as a legislative parliamentary assistant, before moving to become a policy adviser on the internal market and legal affairs committee and then a political counsellor for the Conservatives in the European Parliament.
In 2006, Atkins moved to lobbyists Burson Marsteller as an associate in the Brussels department, before being promoted to a senior associate and then manager. In 2008 he moved to Washington DC to worked as the chief of staff to Mark Penn, the worldwide CEO of Burson Marsteller. Since 2010 he has been the deputy chairman of public affairs for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) and in 2014 added the role of managing director of strategy, business development and digital EMEA.
Atkins' job was declared on his sister's Register of Members' Financial Interests due him being 'engaged in lobbying the public sector on behalf of a third party or client'.
- Linkedin James Atkins, accessed 23 July 2015.
- Parliament Publications Register of Members’ Financial Interests as at 13 July 2015, accessed 23 July 2015.