PRCA names Golin's Neale future chairman

LONDON: The UK's Public Relations Consultants Association has lined up GolinHarris UK president Matt Neale as its chairman for next year.

LONDON: The UK's Public Relations Consultants Association has lined up GolinHarris UK president Matt Neale as its chairman for next year.

At its annual general meeting last night, the industry body appointed Neale as vice chairman, immediately replacing Sally Costerton, director at Sally Costerton Advisory Limited.

He will replace Grayling UK and Ireland CEO Alison Clarke as chairman in mid-2014, a position he will hold until 2016.

Also joining the PRCA's management board are MHP Communications CEO Gavin Devine; Hill+Knowlton Strategies CEO for the UK and president of Western and Southern Europe, Richard Millar; and Liquid CEO Elisabeth Lewis-Jones.

Steffan Williams, MD at Capital MSL, remains treasurer.

“I'm thrilled to be following in the footsteps of the formidably talented Alison Clarke,” he said. “It was [her] speech at an industry event in the late 1990s that inspired me to join the industry."

The meeting took place on the evening before the PRCA National Conference, where research into the future of PR is set to be revealed.

Speaking at the event, Clarke is also set to announce that the PRCA has recorded financial growth of 18% in its 2012-2013 financial year.

“We are now regulating over 12,000 PR people – making us the biggest PR membership association in Europe,” she added.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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