IPR members gave the go ahead for an overhaul of the Institute’s
internal procedures when almost 100 per cent voted in support of changes
at the annual general meeting.
The changes come in response to the growth of the IPR - the organisation
has doubled in the last 12 years - and the review of corporate
governance initiated by 1996 president Rosemary Brook.
The director general, currently John Lavelle, will become responsible
for initiating and driving policy and also representing the Institute
externally. In the past the emphasis of the director general’s role has
been to ensure that decisions were implemented.
In recognition of the difficulties of combining the demands of the
president’s role with a full time job, the president, currently Simon
Lewis, will have a more chairman-like function.
A spokesman for the IPR said: ’The changes set a blueprint to take us