NEWS: Lewis snatches IPR presidency by eight votes

NatWest Group’s director of corporate affairs, Simon Lewis, snatched victory over Pielle PR chairman Peter Walker by just eight votes this week to become IPR president for 1997.

NatWest Group’s director of corporate affairs, Simon Lewis, snatched

victory over Pielle PR chairman Peter Walker by just eight votes this

week to become IPR president for 1997.



Lewis - who at 36 is one of the youngest candidates in the IPR’s 48-year

history - will assume the role of president-elect in January.



The former chairman of the IPR’s city and financial group will work

alongside next year’s president Rosemary Brook and assume the presidency

in 1997.



Lewis’ winning manifesto stressed the need for the PR industry to speak

out on national business issues and become more ‘outward looking and

self-confident’.



Walker expressed disappointment at his defeat stating: ‘I had a very

clear view of what I wanted to achieve.’



Walker also said he was ‘saddened’ that only 20 per cent of the IPR’s

eligible voters had exercised their right to vote - a view shared by

Lewis.



‘We need to find a way to ensure people participate in the future of the

Institute,’ said Lewis. ‘People are sitting on their hands, it’s a

shame.’



Current president Keith Henshall described the result as a ‘win-win

situation’, but sided with Walker saying: ‘He is a radical thinker and

likes to stir things up, which I failed to do.’



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