Three candidates are competing for the IPR’s year 2000 presidency:
Shandwick Welbeck chief executive Alison Clarke; British Red Cross
marketing director John Gray, and Leedex (Manchester) managing director
Results of the election will be announced on 28 October, the day after
members’ voting closes, and the winner will take over the post from next
year’s president, Philip Dewhurst, on 1 January, 2000.
Clarke is basing her manifesto on the need to recruit new members and
inject new energy into the institute.’The IPR is 50 years old. If it is
going to last another 50 years it needs to step up a gear,’ she
Gray is stressing the need to boost the industry’s reputation and
’If we don’t become more credible we could sink,’ he said.
Brown is fighting a campaign on a promise to improve the IPR’s service
to members. ’The IPR needs to have image, vision and relevance. It
should lead the development of PR techniques through the evolution of
new media and we need to make ourselves available and relevant to the
entire membership,’ he said.