FSB appoints BBC’s Louise Stewart

Louise StewartThe Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has appointed BBC political journalist, Louise Stewart, as head of its media and communications.

Stewart joins FSB as the organisation creates a new senior staff line-up. In addition, Craig Beaumont has been promoted to head of external affairs, UK and will report to COO Julie Lilley.

Mike Cherry, policy director at FSB, said: “We are tremendously fortunate to welcome Louise to FSB at this critical time for our members. We need to make sure the small business voice is heard. To achieve this, we sought an impressive media operator to join the team – and I’m delighted we found Louise.”

Stewart said: “I’m excited to join FSB at such a crucial time for small businesses. It’s great opportunity to join a dynamic organisation and make sure members views are heard in broadcast, press and online and the EU referendum, living wage and pensions. FSB is at the forefront of representing small businesses and I look forward to helping to get its message to where it needs to be.”

Stewart has spent five years as political editor for BBC South East. Formerly, she has also worked as political correspondent for BBC Scotland and for BBC national network news.

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