PRCA director-general Chris McDowall resigned from the association
this week, after more than five years in the job.
McDowall will serve six months' notice before he departs for a career in
the private sector. He told chairman Tom Watson of his decision last
week and the management board over the weekend.
Hailing McDowall's time at the PRCA as a success, Watson said: 'When
Chris joined we were not making money and spent all of what we received
in membership subs. Through his work we now have a reserve of over half
a million pounds.'
The association, which claims to represent firms making over 70 per cent
of UK consultancy fee income, has hugely boosted staff numbers in the
last five years. It has gone from being a one-man operation to searching
for a new D-G to lead a staff of six from its London office.
The PRCA hopes to have the new D-G in place by the autumn to work in
tandem with McDowall for the final months of his tenure.
McDowall said this week that his departure was unconnected with news
that members of the body's board of management were being asked to state
publicly that they were not behind the leaking of an internal memo from
McDowall (PRWeek, 6 July).
The PRCA management board met on Tuesday night to discuss the matters
raised by the leak. Chairman Tom Watson invited board members to declare
if they had been the source of the leak, but they declined. 'We have not
established who leaked the e-mail as yet,' McDowall said.