On 22 November 2017, ESBA Secretary General was awarded 'Consultant of the Year 2017' at the European Public Affairs Awards (EuroPAwards), at the prestigious Brussels’ Le Plaza Hotel and Theater, hosted by Politico's Managing Editor, Florian Eder.
A total of 99 in-house, trade association, public sector, NGO, professional body, think tank and consultant professionals had been shortlisted for the awards, covering 22 different categories encompassing all aspects of the Brussels lobbying scene.
For the first time this year, marking the organisers’ commitment to transparent lobbying, entrants were encouraged to note their identification number on the transparency register jointly run by the European Commission and the European Parliament.
The awards were organised by Government Knowledge, the UK Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) and Zetter’s Political Services, with support from the European Centre for Public Affairs, (ECPA) the European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA), the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) and the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO).
Judges, 55 in total, were drawn from across the public affairs scene and headed by six senior judges who are tasked with deciding the winner of the outstanding contribution award. The six are Michael Burrell, Lionel Zetter, Christophe Lecureuil (ECPA Executive Director), Karl Isaksson (EPACA Chairman), Rui Faria da Cunha (SEAP Director General) and Francis Ingham (PRCA Executive Director).
Burrell said that the judges were impressed by the quality and variety of this year’s entries, noting that many included impressive deployment of social media techniques in support of direct lobbying activities.
The evening’s sponsors include Cambre, ellwood atfield, Grayling, Hume Brophy and Kellen.
Patrick Gibbels said: "I am extremely pleased and grateful to have been given this award. The competition was fierce and I was already extremely honored to share the shortlist with some of the most reputable and well established consultants in Brussels. Winning the award is a great recognition of our work hard over the past year. I want to thank my team for their hard work and my family for their support".