Stanbrook stands down from the AA

- Lionel Stanbrook, deputy director general of the Advertising Association, is leaving the trade body after nine years to join public and regulatory affairs company, DLA Upstream. Stanbrook, who over the years has mediated on issues including tobacco advertising, direct marketing and the ban on advertising to children, takes up his new job next January.

- Lionel Stanbrook, deputy director general of the Advertising Association, is leaving the trade body after nine years to join public and regulatory affairs company, DLA Upstream. Stanbrook, who over the years has mediated on issues including tobacco advertising, direct marketing and the ban on advertising to children, takes up his new job next January.

He worked for the European Commission between 1980 and 1983, before joining the European Parliament, where he stayed for six years. His subsequent understanding of European legislation made him a key figure in Brussels issues that effected UK advertising.

Andrew Brown, director general of the AA, said: "Within the AA there is an instinctive regret that someone of Lionel's quality has decided to move on, but this is combined with a very real sense of gratitude for the immense job he has done for the business. Dealing with issues, challenges and initiatives come as second nature to Lionel."

Stanbrook joined the AA in 1991 as director of European affairs and special issues. He became deputy director general in 1996. At DLA he will be managing director, public affairs.

He said: "The opportunity of joining DLA appealed to me at once because of its determination to integrate high quality political advice with its established high standards of legal counsel. For some years I have been convinced that such a combination is vital in the increasingly complicated business future."



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