NEWS: It’s second time lucky for Walker in IPR presidency

Peter Walker, Pielle’s executive chairman, has been chosen as the IPR’s president- elect for 1997.

Peter Walker, Pielle’s executive chairman, has been chosen as the IPR’s

president- elect for 1997.



Walker, who takes up the position on 1 January, picked up 48 per cent of

the vote, with Philip Dewhurst, Railtrack’s corporate affairs director,

gaining 36 per cent, and Philip Henslowe, Bournville Village Trust

Group’s head of public and community affairs, winning 16 per cent.



The election was Walker’s second shot at the presidency. Last year he

came eight per cent behind Simon Lewis, who himself succeeds current

president Rosemary Brook on New Year’s Day.



Walker said he had three main aims for his spell in office. He wanted to

ensure the IPR ‘touched’, and became relevant to, all its members; that

it recognised how much it had achieved since it was established in 1948

and that it reached core agreements on evaluation and training and

development.



In his election manifesto, Walker had said public relations had to be

seen as an essential part of management and that a positive, sustained

campaign was needed to counter under-valuing of the industry.



The IPR this year opted not to disclose the number of votes cast.



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