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BVRLA continues to strengthen its internal capabilities

Release Date: 
13/08/2018

The BVRLA is forging ahead with its plans to increase the workforce as part of its commitment to strengthen internal capabilities across policy, communications, training, governance and conciliation.

The most recent new members of the BVRLA team are Paul Thompson and Amanpreet Kalu, both of whom have joined the policy team reporting into Director of Policy and Membership, Jay Parmar.

Paul recently joined the BVRLA to take up the role of Government Affairs Manager, working with parliamentarians and others across Whitehall to ensure that the voice of the BVRLA and its members is heard amongst key influencers and policymakers.

This newly created role will help the association to increase political engagement, have a louder voice of influence and achieve stronger industry representation, supporting delivery of the BVRLA Three-Year Plan.

Paul brings with him a wealth of multi-sector experience, having spent 17 years working in a variety of public affairs, lobbying and business development roles in political, corporate, regulatory and third sector environments.

Prior to joining the BVRLA, Paul spent 6 years working in the energy sector as Head of Parliamentary Affairs at National Grid plc and more recently as Public Affairs Manager for UK Power Networks.

Paul has also worked for the National Audit Office, Audit Commission, Arts Council England, Institute of Public Policy Research and has worked in Parliament as a researcher for former MP, David Miliband.

Taking the policy team to its full complement of staff is the recent addition of law graduate Amanpreet Kalu, who joined the BVRLA earlier this month as Legal and Policy Executive.

Amanpreet replaces Amanda Brandon, who recently changed role on internal promotion. Prior to joining the BVRLA, Amanpreet spent a year working as a Financial Executive at BMW Financial Services.

Please join us in welcoming both Paul and Amanpreet to the BVRLA family.