Former Royal Marine lieutenant-colonel Christopher McDowall succeeded
Colin Thompson this week as director of the PRCA.
McDowall, 51, joined the industry body on Monday 1 July after 20 months
as assistant secretary-general of the London office of the Inter
Before joining the IPU, a parliamentarian club which aims to encourage
international co-operation, McDowall spent 32 years with the Royal
His forces experience includes arms control verification work with the
UK Arms Control Implementation Group, commercial media training, a two-
year secondment to Nigeria to reorganise its staff college, and
revitalising Royal Marine sailing, skiing and free fall parachuting
McDowall said he had come in contact with the public relations
discipline while working with Royal Marine and Royal Navy recruitment
and that he was impressed by the industry’s enthusiasm and growth.
He said that he was approaching his first week in ‘listening mode’.
‘I am listening and reading like mad,’ he said. ‘At the moment, when I
attend meetings, I am concentrating on listening to what other people
have to say before I open my mouth.’
Among his qualifications, McDowall possesses a fellowship of the
Institute of Management and a civil service qualification at Dutch
Colin Thompson, who headed the PRCA for ten years, will continue to work
part-time for the association as its financial controller and will also
manage his own financial consulting firm, CGT Consulting.