By Max Clarke

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, announced today two senior appointments at the UK’s leading business group.

He confirmed the appointment of Dr Neil Bentley as Deputy Director-General and Katja Hall as Chief Policy Director.

Mr Cridland said:

“I am delighted that Neil Bentley is succeeding me as Deputy Director-General. Neil will be my right-hand man, liaising with senior business leaders and ministers, and will have a particular focus on delivering for CBI members regionally, nationally and internationally.

“I am also pleased to announce that Katja Hall has been appointed to the newly-created role of Chief Policy Director, ensuring our policy goals are at the heart of government.

“At what is a pivotal time for business and the economy, it’s vital the voice of business is heard in government and across society. These appointments form a key part of my plans to revitalise and strengthen the CBI’s offering to its members and help businesses to deliver a strong recovery.”

Dr Bentley said:

“This is an exciting time for the CBI. I want to play my role listening to businesses up and down the country and ensuring their views are heard loud and clear. My ambition is for the CBI to be just as relevant to SMEs, entrepreneurs and green technology companies as it is to large firms and multinationals."

Ms Hall said:

“By working ever more closely with our members, I will promote real-world solutions to businesses’ problems, and make the case for change to governments and policy makers wherever they may be. My aim is to show that what's good for UK businesses is good for our economy, and I want to put the need for growth at the heart of policy in the UK, Brussels and beyond.”