DIARY: Jolly delivers mixed messages to IPR members

IPR presidency candidates Anne Gregory and Ardi Kolah have made their own addresses to institute members, but PRWeek is struck by the approach taken by Stephen Jolly. His manifesto on the IPR website reads: 'Decades of hard work have gone into creating an effective and well-managed institute ... I am committed to building on the IPR's success - in education and training, recruitment and membership services and commercial activities.'

Praise of membership services? This must surely have come from a different Stephen Jolly to the one who e-mailed all IPR members thus: 'The institute has become "academicised" and remote. It is more comfortable talking about themes such as CSR and XPRL than serving members effectively. The discontent, apathy, cynicism and pent up rage among a disenfranchised membership is shocking.'

In his defence, Jolly said: 'Having canvassed the views of over 4,000 IPR members, I have changed my views. Some of the responses were unprintable.'

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