Aspery is elected IPR president to succeed Aarons

Former Heinz PR head John Aspery has been elected president of the

IPR for 2003 following a knife-edge vote.



Aspery, CEO of Aspery Associates, scored 584 votes, against 513 for

Stephen Jolly, director of communications at serviced office firm

Regus.



The election saw an increased turnout of 28 per cent, up from just 17

per cent last time.



Aspery said: 'I am pleased as it was a robust campaign - that is

healthy. The high turnout pleases me too, in that members are taking

such an interest.'



Aspery will now be president-elect, supporting Financial Dynamics

partner Jon Aarons' presidency during 2002 before taking over. He said

his year as president-elect would see him working to improve regional

IPR activity.



'I will work with the incoming president and look at ways of

co-ordinating activities for regional groups. I believe we could do more

regionally in training and development, and I would like to see a

regional press officer,' he said.



Aarons said he expected Jolly to stay on the IPR executive committee and

that he would shortly be agreeing a defined role for him.



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