IPR president highlights the role of women in PR

Alison Clarke, chief executive of Shandwick Welbeck, has been elected Institute of Public Relations president for the year 2000.

Alison Clarke, chief executive of Shandwick Welbeck, has been

elected Institute of Public Relations president for the year 2000.



Swept in with 266 of the 563 votes cast for three candidates, she will

be the sixth woman to serve as president in the IPR’s 50-year

history.



Rob Brown, Leedex managing director and John Gray, British Red Cross

marketing director, also stood and took 154 and 143 votes

respectively.



Clarke said the increasing number of women within the industry made it

appropriate for a woman to lead the IPR into the Millennium.



’We must look beyond the Millennium to shape an institute that is

vibrant, fleet of foot, receptive and energetic,’ she said. Clarke, who

has been involved in the IPR for the past five years, said education and

training were key to the role of the institute. ’The IPR needs to become

more relevant to its members because the environment that we are working

in is changing,’ said Clarke.



Clarke joined Shandwick Welbeck in 1985 as an account executive. She was

appointed chief executive in August 1997, after having joined the board

in 1990.



Her experience covers consumer and corporate communications, issues and

crisis management and pan-European campaign strategies and

coordination.



Meanwhile, John Lavelle, steps down this week as IPR director-general

after being in the post for 14 years.



Colin Farrington, who was director of the Institute of Revenues, Rating

and Valuation, the professional body for local authority finance and

taxation, fills his post.



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