He will join on 17 January from his current position as head of external and public affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.
Morgan will lead on the institute’s policy, campaigns and public affairs work including best practice guidance, standards and research.
As part of the CIPR’s bid to expand its in-house communications and drive forward its new strategy under recently appointed chief executive Jane Wilson, Morgan will also assume responsibility for PR and marketing activities.
He said: ‘I am looking forward to the opportunity that working for the public relations profession represents. As a member of the CIPR and as a practitioner with a background in membership organisations, I hope I have a lot to offer.
‘This is a challenging time for the industry and the economic situation is affecting all sectors, but it is also a very exciting time to join the team at the CIPR and to work with a new CEO. I am looking forward to getting involved.’
As part of the CIPR’s organisational restructuring strategy, now in its final phase, a recruitment drive is also now under way for a communications assistant, PR manager and marketing manager.