By Jonathan Davies

Former member of the Prime Minister's policy unit Carolyn Fairbairn has been appointed as director general of business lobby group, CBI.

Ms Fairbairn will replace currently director general John Cridland in November.

The 54-year old former journalist and director of strategy at BBC and ITV also a number of non-executive positions organisations like Capita, Lloyds Banking Group, Competition and Markets Authority and UK Statistics Authority.

She will leave those roles before taking over from Mr Cridland later this year.

CBI president Sir Mike Rake said: "Carolyn is a remarkable business leader with an impressive background as an economist, journalist, management consultant and policy strategist.

"Carolyn's CV speaks for itself. Her wealth and breadth of experience will be critical in steering the CBI through choppy political and economic waters, including an EU referendum."

Ms Fairbairn said: "The CBI has an outstanding track record of championing the conditions that enable British businesses to flourish.

"The debate around Britain's relationship with the European Union and the productivity challenge facing our economy will be two of the defining issues of the next few years."