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
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.