NEWS: McDowall is PRCA director

Former Royal Marine lieutenant-colonel Christopher McDowall succeeded Colin Thompson this week as director of the PRCA.

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

Parliamentary Union.



Before joining the IPU, a parliamentarian club which aims to encourage

international co-operation, McDowall spent 32 years with the Royal

Marines.



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

adventure training.



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

linguist level.



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.



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