McDowall resigns director-general post at the PRCA

PRCA director-general Chris McDowall resigned from the association

this week, after more than five years in the job.



McDowall will serve six months' notice before he departs for a career in

the private sector. He told chairman Tom Watson of his decision last

week and the management board over the weekend.



Hailing McDowall's time at the PRCA as a success, Watson said: 'When

Chris joined we were not making money and spent all of what we received

in membership subs. Through his work we now have a reserve of over half

a million pounds.'



The association, which claims to represent firms making over 70 per cent

of UK consultancy fee income, has hugely boosted staff numbers in the

last five years. It has gone from being a one-man operation to searching

for a new D-G to lead a staff of six from its London office.



The PRCA hopes to have the new D-G in place by the autumn to work in

tandem with McDowall for the final months of his tenure.



McDowall said this week that his departure was unconnected with news

that members of the body's board of management were being asked to state

publicly that they were not behind the leaking of an internal memo from

McDowall (PRWeek, 6 July).



The PRCA management board met on Tuesday night to discuss the matters

raised by the leak. Chairman Tom Watson invited board members to declare

if they had been the source of the leak, but they declined. 'We have not

established who leaked the e-mail as yet,' McDowall said.



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