January 9 2009.

After 10 years as director of public affairs, Craig Carey-Clinch has left the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) to take on the challenge of developing a motorcycle-focused public affairs consultancy. In his new role as managing director of Rowan Public Affairs (RPA), Craig will act as consultant to the MCI with continued responsibility for the delivery of strategic advice and public affairs lobbying in Westminster and Brussels.

RPA already has a successful track record of working with the industry, providing a political intelligence, research and project-lobbying service.

At the same time, MCI director of research and statistical services, Sheila Rainger, will assume overall 'in-house' responsibility for the MCI's public affairs, press relations and communications functions.

MCI chief executive Steve Kenward said: "MCI looks forward to continuing to work with Craig. With his track record of success and unrivalled experience and expertise, there is no better person to advocate on behalf of motorcycling and the motorcycle industry at the heart of Westminster."

Craig Carey-Clinch said: "I am excited by the opportunity to continue to work with MCI. The motorcycle industry faces many policy challenges against a backdrop of uncertain economic times, but there are also many opportunities to position motorcycling as a publicly accepted transport mode of choice, and to defend the dynamic essence of biking in all its sporting, leisure and practical forms. I look forward to working with MCI to develop a political environment which will help the industry to grow the market."

Craig is also a trustee of Motorcycle Outreach, a UK charity supporting the use of motorcycles to enable healthcare workers to operate in remote rural areas of developing countries.