The Institute of Public Relations will choose its president for
1999 next month. Three candidates have emerged: Rob Brown, managing
director of Leedex Manchester, Phillip Dewhurst, director of public
affairs at Railtrack and Robert Hodges, a director at Gavin
The president will be selected by a postal ballot of the IPR’s 4,500
associate members next month and will act as president-elect during
Peter Walker’s tenure next year before taking over in 1999. The
president-elect occupies a seat on the IPR council and is consulted on
Walker, executive chairman at Pielle and Company takes over from current
president Simon Lewis on 1 January 1998. Lewis is director of corporate
affairs at Centrica.
IPR members must return ballot forms by 30 October for counting by the
Electoral Reform Society.