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Michael Burrell FPRCA

Independent Public Affairs Consultant and Senior Adviser to Riverside Communications
Riverside Communications

About Michael


Michael Burrell is one of the UK’s most experienced public affairs trainers.

A former political journalist, who covered both UK and EU politics, Michael founded UK lobbying firm, Westminster Strategy, and held senior public affairs roles at Edelman and APCO Worldwide. He is currently a self-employed consultant.

Michael has provided UK, EU and global public affairs advice, crisis management and media relations counsel to businesses, trade associations, professional bodies, charities, governments and regulatory bodies over a long period, often at chairman and CEO level.

His experience encompasses many sectors including aviation, education, energy, the environment, financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications. The wide range of clients whom he has advised includes Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association, Aviva, BT, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Gazprom, Microsoft, Pfizer and Samsung.

Named by PR Week as one of the 100 most influential figures in its 21-year history, he was also the first recipient of the “outstanding achievement in European public affairs” award. He was Chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants twice and is Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, a Brussels-based best practice in public affairs organisation.