IPR appoints Farrington as director general

The IPR has appointed Colin Farrington as its new director general.

The IPR has appointed Colin Farrington as its new director


Farrington will receive a salary of around pounds 65,000. He replaces

John Lavelle, the current IPR executive director, who is retiring at the

end of 1998 after 14 years in the post. He joins from the Institute of

Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV), which represents council finance

and tax staff.

He said: ’PR is a young, dynamic and high profile profession and the IPR

is playing a key role in its development. I will be looking to build on

what the Institute has achieved over the past 50 years.’

Under Farrington’s leadership, the IRRV saw its turnover grow by 400 per

cent in eight years to around pounds 2.2 million. Farrington joined the

IRRV in 1988, just after legislation to introduce the poll tax was


He handled issues such as finding alternatives to the poll tax and the

transition to council tax.

Before joining the IRRV, Farrington worked as a civil servant in the

Home Office, serving as private secretary under two Labour Home


Like Lavelle, Farrington will report directly to IPR president Peter


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