In this week's post on The Public Affairs Engine Blog, Anders Kopp interviews Paul Addison, Associate Director of Public Affairs at Arup. Paul mentions that he keeps up to date on Public Affairs through Politico and by attending events to connect with fellow professionals. He expresses respect for Steven Coventry, Head of Government Affairs at Siemens UK, for his unique perspective on challenging issues. Looking ahead, Paul believes that adaptability to volatile circumstances and embracing technology, particularly AI, are crucial skills for future Public Affairs professionals.
Regarding the ideal location of the PA function within an organization, Paul highlights the importance of close collaboration with corporate communications and a direct line to the board to support decision-making. Paul Addison, a Director at Arup, specializes in reputation protection, issues management, and strategic communications, and has a background working for Labour MPs.
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